On May 30, 2007, the Council on Academic Affairs approved the proposal for policies and procedures for listing service-learning courses with an “S” suffix. This addition makes it easier for students to locate service-learning courses and provides standards for course design across the university. The S-designation is also used to track and report on service-learning courses across the institution including to the Board of Trustees. Due to several administrative changes to the course systems over the past few years, there are still many service-learning courses that do not carry the S-suffix. To help students identify and faculty to promote service-learning courses, we are continuously working with administration and faculty to ensure that service-learning courses get the S-designation.
Why should I apply for the S-designation?
If you plan to develop or already have an existing course that will be taught as a Service-Learning course, you should apply for the S-designation. The S-designation has many advantages for a course, including:
- Making your classes more visible to students who are interested in service and search for S in the course catalog
- Allowing us to promote your classes along with the other Service-Learning courses on our website and through other channels
- Including your course in institutional reporting on Service-Learning and High Impact Practices
All of these further widens your potential to reach out to students who are interested in service, but do not have a class in their discipline that offers it. It’s also a good way to attract new students to your department.