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ERIC Number: ED466840
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Getting Started: The First Year of Service Learning at Community College of Vermont.
Matkowski, Bette
This report outlines the development and implementation of a service-learning program at the Community College of Vermont (CCV). The author describes some of CCV's unique characteristics, all of which heightened the challenge of implementing a service-learning program: (1) CCV has no campus-there are 12 sites of the college scattered throughout the major population centers of the state; (2) CCV employs only part-time faculty, hiring instructors on a semester-by-semester, course-by-course basis; (3) CCV students are very autonomous and can design their own degrees. In the fall semester of 1996, CCV piloted the service-learning program at one site: Middlebury. Four instructors volunteered to spearhead the program. They met five times throughout the semester; at the end, instructors and students met to review the program. There was fervent college-wide support, although the program was small in scope. Students and faculty learned from and enjoyed the service-learning project, and CCV garnered strong regional and national support. In spring 1997 the pilot program was greatly expanded, calling for a four-credit course specifically designed to incorporate service learning into students' academic careers. The college-wide course requires 15 hours of classroom meetings, 120 hours of field study, and 30-40 hours of homework. This paper details course objectives and suggests evaluation strategies. (EMH)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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