Course designation

The Academic Service-Learning (ASL) Course Designation program allows ASL courses to be listed in the Course Schedule and notated on student transcripts.  Faculty members can apply to have their courses designated as ASL and receive a stipend when the course is taught.

  • Applications, due October 5, 2015, to designate a Winter 2016 course can be found here.
  • Faculty can find the Community Partner Project form here.


In order to receive designation as an Academic Service-Learning course, a course should reflect ASL best practices and should have:

1.    A clear articulation of the substance and meaning of the student service.

2.    Learning objectives that relate the service experience to course content.

3.    A service project or activities that relate to a need mutually defined by the community   partner and the faculty member.

4.    A method, formal or informal, by which the community partner evaluates student service.

5.    Opportunities for the students to reflect on the service activities/project(s) in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.

6.    Course assignments that assess the learning derived from the service; academic credit must be based on learning outcomes—not the service itself.


1-Credit Hour Course

Are you interested in connecting one of your courses to a community-based project of your own choosing?

CIVE 333: Service-Learning Practicum

CRN: 16931

Seminar dates and times: TBD

Overview: This academic service-learning (ASL) course introduces students to local community issues and organizations, exploring concepts related to community involvement in metro Detroit and beyond.  Students have the opportunity to propose a service project with a community-based organization that reflects their own interests.  The course allows students to link traditional in-class learning with experiential, hands-on learning in the community.   The community-based service work must be connected to a relevant three or four credit course in which the student is or was recently enrolled.  Over the course of the semester five seminars will be held to give students the opportunity to discuss their experiences, to reflect on the connections between their community-based work and their in-class learning, as well as to present a final project.

Questions about the course can be directed to:

Carla Vecchiola