Service Learning

Service Learning is growing rapidly and is considered a part of experiential learning by its very nature of learning, performing a job within the community, and serious reflection. Service Learning involves tackling some of society’s complex issues such as homelessness, poverty, lack of quality education, pollution, etc. To participate in UTSA’s service learning initiatives, get familiar with UTSA’s Center of Civic Engagement.

The Center for Civic Engagement also houses the program – Rowdy Corps. Rowdy Corp is a community-based work-study program aiming to unite UTSA students with the broader San Antonio community. This program provides the opportunity for work-study eligible students to gain professional development at a local non-profit or public sector agency for up to two years. Participating students receive career-focused training and have the opportunity to attend networking events and service projects outside of the university. Click here to learn more about Rowdy Corp.

Service-Learning combines learning goals and community service in ways that can enhance both growth and the common good.

Student Benefits of Service Learning

Learning Outcomes

  • Positive impact on students’ academic learning
  • Improves students’ ability to apply what they have learned in “the real world”
  • Positive impact on academic outcomes such as demonstrated complexity of understanding, problem analysis, problem-solving, critical thinking, and cognitive development
  • Improved ability to understand complexity and ambiguity

Personal Outcomes

  • Greater sense of personal efficacy, personal identity, spiritual growth, and moral development
  • Greater interpersonal development, particularly the ability to work well with others, and build leadership and communication skills

Social Outcomes

  • Reduced stereotypes and greater inter-cultural understanding
  • Improved social responsibility and citizenship skills
  • Greater involvement in community service after graduation

Career Development

  • Connections with professionals and community members for learning and career opportunities
  • Greater academic learning, leadership skills, and personal efficacy can lead to greater opportunity

Relationship with the Institution

  • Stronger relationships with faculty
  • Greater satisfaction with college
  • Improved graduation rates