University Receives Seal for Excellence in Service Learning

1/30/2009

Suffolk University has received an Excellence In Service Learning Seal.

The University is cited in the 2008-09 edition of the Guide To Service-Learning Colleges and Universities

The annual award is given to one or more service-learning resources recognized nationally by service-learning practitioners for effective and valuable contributions to the field.

The guide profiles Suffolk University and its S.O.U.L.S. (Suffolk’s Organization for Uplifting Lives through Service) Community Service and Service Learning Center.

“We are very proud to have received this distinction,” said Suffolk University Vice President for Student Affairs Nancy C. Stoll.  “It confirms the wonderful work that our students do through the S.O.U.L.S. program under the leadership of a talented and creative staff.  Our community service and service-learning efforts provide tremendous benefits to our students' educational experience and to our neighborhood and the city of Boston.”

Research studies link service-learning with better academic outcomes, student retention, career exploration, and the development of skills related to social and civic responsibility.

Fewer than 300 colleges and university throughout North America have an Excellence In Service-Learning Seal distinction.

The Guide to Service-Learning Colleges and Universities provides a resource for researching schools that excel in offering experiential learning opportunities.  It also serves as a tool for students, parents, and high school counselors to learn from leaders in the field and to pursue educational options that may make a good fit. 

More than one-third of U.S. colleges and universities offer service-learning courses as part of their curriculum.  The guide profiles some of the most engaged institutions. 

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