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. 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 currently working with administration and faculty to ensure that the bulk of service-learning offerings 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 consider applying 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 web site and through other channels
- Having the opportunity for the course to be approved as a General Education Open Option course
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.
There are two versions of the S-Designation available to approved courses:
S+GE In addition to the S-designation, a Service-Learning course can be counted as a General Education (GE) Open Option if it is approved to also fulfill the following Expected Learning Outcomes (ELOs):
Students gain and apply academic knowledge through civic engagement with communities.
1. Students make connections between concepts and skills learned in an academic setting and community-based work.
2. Students demonstrate an understanding of the issues, resources, assets, and cultures of the community in which they are working.
3. Students evaluate the impacts of the service learning activity.
Process for Requesting the S-Designation or S+GE Open Option Designation
To request the s-designation for your course, please fill out the linked form and submit it to the Office of Service-Learning.
In addition to completing the form above, please ensure that you have requested an s-designation through the process on http://curriculum.osu.edu. For guidance on this process, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.