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The total number of service learning courses has shown considerable growth across the years.
The count of UNO student who are participating in service learning during an academic
year is approaching 3,000.
Over 9,000 P-12 students have actively participated in service learning projects
supported by the P-16 Initiative. During the 2012-13 school year, the P-16 service
learners provided over 42,000 hours of service to the community. The K-12 students
averaged 11 hours per service learner, while the UNO students averaged 13 hours
of service each. These service learning projects provided the K-12 students with
a glimpse of how their future might include college.
UNO students who participate in service learning courses are offered the opportunity
to participate in a research study focused on the impact of service learning. Some of
the results from that survey data collected during the 2010-11 school year is shared
in the "civic engagement," "academic engagement," and "personal growth" tabs that
follow. Along with documenting the impact of service learning, the data collected
from this research is used to:
- develop more effective service learning training and support.
- inform outreach to PK-12 schools and nonprofit organizations in the Omaha community.
- encourage faculty participation and promote scholarship
Service learning helps students learn about their community and understand the role they can play. When asked about how their service learning experience impacted them, students reported that they learned how to get more involved and what the needs were in their community. Close to 8 out of 10 students felt an enhanced sense of responsibility to serve their community. This heightened sense of civic engagment will continue to benefit these students and their communities into the future.