ERIC Number: ED398807
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Service-Learning and Student Volunteerism: Reflections on Institutional Commitment.
This study examined institutional support for service-learning within the framework of service-learning as a part of the national agenda for higher education since the late 1980s. This investigation addressed three concerns: (1) how campus administrators support (or fail to support) service-learning on their campus; (2) how different groups (e.g., faculty, staff, community agencies, students) perceive the support for service on their campus; and (3) what barriers and supports promote service-learning and volunteerism on campus. Five case studies were completed using individual interviews, student focus groups, and document analysis involving students, faculty, service-learning staff, community service agency personnel and administrators at five different institutional types: a community college, a tribally controlled college, a four-year public liberal arts college, a four-year private liberal arts college, and a state university. Findings indicated the faculty role in advancing service was tenuous and varied significantly by campus. Lack of funding was mentioned frequently as a barrier to effective implementation of service-learning. All the senior administrators interviewed gave great verbal support to service-learning, although actual supporting activity varied greatly by campus. Recommendations urge involvement of administrators, faculty, and students in planning for service-learning; clear articulation concerning integration of service-learning and volunteerism; and integration of service into institutional structures. (Contains 12 references.) (CK)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Case Studies, Change Strategies, College Faculty, College Students, Community Colleges, Educational Finance, Educational Objectives, Higher Education, Institutional Role, Interviews, Leadership Responsibility, Private Colleges, Public Colleges, Questionnaires, Service Learning, State Universities, Tribally Controlled Education, Volunteers
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).