Studies have consistently found that community-engaged learning / service learning improves:
- Academic learning, as reported by both students and faculty
- Learning outcomes, including complexity of understanding, problem analysis, critical thinking and cognitive development
- Students’ ability to apply what they have learned in the “real world”
- Retention and graduation rates
Eyler, J., Giles,D., Jr., Stenson, C., and Gray, C. (2001) At a glance: What we know about the effects of service-learning on college students, faculty, institutions and communities, 1993 – 2000 (3rd Ed.). Learn and Serve America National Service Learning Clearinghouse.