ERIC Number: ED383380
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
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Yesterday It Was Called Civics; Today It Is Service Learning.
Christiansen, Larry K.
In the fall of 1992, Mesa Community College (MCC), in Phoenix, Arizona, established the Center for Public Policy and Service to promote community service and active participation in the social and political process as integral parts of a community college education. Through the Center, students are provided with educational opportunities in community service through service learning internships and in-course options in government agencies, educational entities, civic organizations, and citizen advocacy groups. MCC offers independent modules in 22 discipline areas, and the courses transfer as elective credit to the major universities in Arizona. Students may take between one and three credits each semester under the supervision of a faculty member within the discipline. Students receive a letter grade based on meetings with a faculty advisor, 50 volunteer contact hours per credit hour, an analytical paper, a reflective journal, and three reflective feedback sessions. Students are asked to evaluate what they have learned in terms of how they were influenced to take an advocacy role, how their values and opinions changed, and how they envision new solutions to problems. Approximately 45 students enroll in the program each semester, participating at over 140 community sites which are categorized by their relevance to specific discipline areas. Additionally, the center coordinates a citizen's action group, a community roundtable, and efforts to prevent gang activity. (MAB)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizen Role, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Community Attitudes, Community Colleges, Community Services, Critical Thinking, Political Attitudes, School Community Relationship, Service Learning, Social Action, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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