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Service-Learning and Civic Engagement


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 allows 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.

Benefits of Service-Learning:

  • Class discussions are greatly enhanced with insight 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 members, providing avenues for networking and other opportunities
  • Reciprocal learning between students and faculty is mutually beneficial
  • Satisfaction of promoting civic responsibility and active learning
  • Participating and leading Bentley in being a 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 BSLCE and 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 Dr. Samantha Eddy, Associate Director of Academic Programs at

          4th-Credit Course Guidelines      

                Embedded Service-Learning Guidelines           

    Additional Faculty Resources