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Service-learning is a proven teaching and learning pedagogy that integrates meaningful community-based service with academic content and targeted reflection. Pairing academic work and civic responsibility gives students the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom to problems and projects in real-world situations. Faculty involved in service-learning also experience many benefits, both personally and professionally; for example:

  • Class discussions are greatly enhanced with insights and reflections from real-world applications
  • Highly-motivated and engaged students are attracted
    to the course
  • Relationships are built with community partners and other faculty, possibly leading to networking and other opportunities
  • Reciprocal learning between students and faculty benefits both
  • Satisfaction of promoting civic responsibility and active learning
  • Participating and leading Bentley in being a national national leader of civic engagement and social responsibility

The links within the Faculty portion of this site contain the information necessary to begin your partnership with the BSLC or to further enhance your 4th-credit or embedded classes. If you have any questions or would like to offer one of your future courses as a 4th-credit or embedded option, please contact Shawn Hauserman, Assistant Director of Academic Programs, at

To learn more about the Service-Learning 4th-Credit Option or Embedded Service-Learning click on the appropriate button below:

4th-Credit Course Guidelines      Embedded Service-Learning Guidelines


Please follow this link for additional faculty resources.