Service Course Designation Application Overview

To recruit, track, and celebrate students who accept the challenges involved in Service oriented courses, and the instructors who make such courses possible, the designations Service Learning and Service Engagement have been created. "Service Learning" will appear in the course title in the Schedule and on student transcripts for courses with this designation. "Service Engagement" will be a tracked attribute in the system, but be unmarked in the Schedule and on students' transcripts.  

In compliance with best practices, in order to be designated as Service by the Registrar's Office, course offerings must be certified by the Service Learning Office. Once a course has been approved for a Service designation, any instructor may teach it as a Service course, so long as they adhere to the syllabus and related activities associated with the original approval. Course sections taught with differing syllabi &/or differing assignments related to the Service component must be certified independently. Before submitting a course for certification, please review the page on Developing a Service Course

Because any given course may be offered simultaneously in the traditional and Service modes, unit administrators must individually identify each Service oriented section of a course in the Course Schedule when it is forwarded to the Registrar each semester, so please be sure your administrator knows that you are choosing the Service option and that your course has been approved for the designation.

Service Learning Course Certification

Course offerings that focus on synergies between academic content and service experience through both instruction and deep reflection connecting service and content.

The certification process for the SL designation will confirm:

  • Adherence to the Definition of Service Learning as approved by Faculty Senate (includes instruction and reflection)
  • At least 15 hours for each student per semester of active service to the community
  • Adherence to at least four Service Learning SLOs
  • Adherence to the Service Learning Expectations
  • Willingness to submit a post-course report estimating total service hours completed through the course offering

Service Learning 
Designation Application

Service Engagement Course Certification

Course offerings that involve active service to the community where that Service is expected to supplement and reinforce learning (generally 4-14 hours) may qualify for the "Service Engagement" course certification.

 The certification process for the SE designation will confirm:

  • Adherence to the community collaboration element of the Faculty Senate's Definition of Service Learning
  • At least 4 hours for each student per semester of active service to the community
  • Adherence to at least 2 Service Learning SLOs
  • Basic reflection tying service to course concepts
  • Willingness to submit a post-course report estimating total service hours completed through the course offering

Service Engagement
Designation Application

NOTE: Categorizing Service Hours

In Service Engagement courses, hours spent in service are typically associated with "out-of-class time" as the service is expected to supplement and reinforce learning without being a primary focus. In Service Learning courses, service is integral to students' learning, and hours spent in service are often considered "instructional time" with students reflecting deeply and making connections between their service experience and course concepts after each service experience

Application Deadlines

Applications deadlines for Service course designations deadlines approximate the Registrar's course schedule deadline.

  • For Spring offerings: September 1
  • For Summer/Fall offerings: January 15

Exceptions to these deadlines may be considered with approval of both the Service Learning Office and the Registrar. Email ServiceLearning@uscupstate.edu with requests.

Recertification 

Recertification will be required every 3 years using a "renewal" form.

*Courses with existing Service designations through the Registrar's office from 2017 and 2018 may continue to be designated "Service" without recertification through the 2018-19 academic year. For these courses, "recertification" will be required to maintain certification beginning with Fall 2019. If you have previously designated Service courses, the Service Learning Office will contact you regarding recertification.