Service learning entails community volunteering by students as a requirement of the curriculum. Private schools and public schools have made service learning an integral part of their educational program. Some schools which have been recognized for their strong service learning programs include Georgetown University, Michigan State University, Berea College, Stanford University and Wagner College.
Since 1994 the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has been working to encourage service learning in community colleges. To date service learning is a part of 104 associate-degree granting institutions in the U.S. The AACC points out that as of 2012 service learning programs in these community colleges in the network has resulted in 496,000 hours of direct community service valued at 10.8 million dollars.
The Association of American Colleges and Universities cites 2008 research by George Kuh which suggests a correlation between service learning programs and increased student retention rates.
In excerpt from High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are, Who Has Access to Them, and Why They Matter, by Kuh, G.D. (AAC&U, 2008). “High-Impact Educational Practices: A Brief Overview.” LEAP. Association of American Colleges and Universities. https://www.aacu.org/leap/hip.cfm
Service Learning. American Association of Community Colleges. http://www.aacc.nche.edu/Resources/aaccprograms/horizons/Pages/default.aspx
Service Learning. Colleges. U.S. News and World Report. http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/serving-learning-programs