Enhancing Scholarship and Advancing Community Relationships

Academic service-learning, an experientially-based teaching methodology combining classroom pedagogy with community action as an integral aspect of the course, builds community by developing positive, reciprocal relationships between APU and the local private and public sectors in order to enhance scholarship of both faculty and students through service activities. Students are offered a larger contextual perspective for the course materials they are studying, and those subjects become more dynamic and authentic because of the experiences and observations. Supporting APU’s commitment to building strong Christian leaders, the Center for Academic Service-Learning and Research has made great progress in measuring increases in commitment to civic engagement, intercultural competency, and transformational scholarship among our students. We are also proud to be an integral part in supporting Provost Mark Stanton’s Education to Vocation initiative. Learn more about the center.

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News & Features

  • Adams Among Researchers of Clergy Mental Health Study

    The Huffington Post featured a study by researchers on the mental health of clergy and provided tips for congregations to support their pastors.

  • Wounds into Wisdom

    Jolyn Davidson earned a degree in clinical social work and a Master of Arts in Student Development at APU. Today, she draws on this rich background to journey with clients, helping them change attitudes that negatively affect their lives.

  • Packing a Powerful Punch

    Guillotine, hammerfist, and arm bar. These terms may sound like medieval torture techniques to some, but for Branden Ware ’04, founder of West Coast Fighting Championship, a mixed martial arts promotion organization, they mean big business.

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