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Wednesday, June 1 • 9:45am - 10:45am
Leveraging the Prism Effect of Service Learning in Community Colleges

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Learn what two national-level researchers discovered during a decade of assessing service learning outcomes for 3,274 students at 26 community colleges in 18 states. Like a prism that breaks a beam of light into multiple colors, one semester’s service learning experience concurrently affects students’ academic learning, civic engagement, retention, interpersonal skills, critical thinking, workforce skills, leadership development, and community impact. With the prism effect in mind, one of the researchers will share an evaluation of community college responses to Campus Compact’s 2014 national membership survey. A review of the survey results suggested most prism outcomes are addressed in colleges’ strategic plans, yet practitioners often fail to use that fact to leverage more institutional support for their programs. Participants will learn how to use the prism effect of service learning as a means for viewing student and programmatic outcomes and gaining administrators’ support.


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Gail Robinson

Education Consultant, Gail Robinson Consulting
Gail Robinson is a Maryland-based education consultant who works with college and university faculty, staff, and administrators to develop service learning and community engagement programs. She has authored numerous publications and serves as an advisor, trainer, and consultant to... Read More →

Wednesday June 1, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Michigan Room 351

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