Although research clearly indicates that academic service-learning provides multiple benefits to college students in baccalaureate institutions, there is less known about its impact on community college students; a population who may benefit the most from this pedagogy. Four faculty members from four different community colleges within the City University of New York incorporated service-learning into their classrooms while also maintaining control classes. Quantitative survey data on student civic engagement and college skills were collected and survey responses from those students that did, and did not, participate in service-learning were compared. The data demonstrated meaningful differences between the non-service-learners and service-learning students, particularly in the area of civic engagement. Service-learners were also more comfortable than controls in certain college skills, including public speaking, writing, group projects and interacting with their professor.
Ellerton, S., Figueroa, S., Greenwood, D., Fiume, P. (2016) “The Impact of Academic Service Learning on Community College Students.” Journal for Civic Commitment, 24, 1-23.