Where the APU Cornerstones Connect: Christ, Scholarship, Community, and Service

Academic service-learning is a teaching and learning method that promotes student learning through active participation in meaningful community service experiences directly related to course content. Our approach focuses on:

  • Connecting theory to practice
  • Critical reflective thinking
  • Personal and civic responsibility
  • Faith integration
  • Relationship to planned vocation

The three distinctives that characterize service-learning at APU are that it is:

  • Academic: Intentional and clear connection to the course learning outcomes and purposeful critical reflection throughout;
  • Reciprocal: Active partnerships between faculty, community partners, and students as mutual beneficiaries and coeducators;
  • Making a Difference: Outcomes of the project are evidenced through impact on community as well as student learning, civic understanding, goals, and faith development and application.

Through service-learning, the Center for Academic Service-Learning is proud to play an integral part in supporting Provost Mark Stanton’s Education to Vocation initiative.

“Academic service-learning is the glue that connects knowledge with practice and people. Reading, reciting, and taking tests may evaluate knowledge, application, and integration, but academic service-learning expands those opportunities into situations with the practical problems of the workplace.”

Kathleen Tallman, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biology and Chemistry

Azusa Pacific received Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation, a distinction that recognizes outstanding university commitment to community service and service-learning.


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