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Service-Learning Letter of Understanding for Faculty

Dear Faculty:

On behalf of the Bethel- Frogtown/ Summit-University Partnership, we would like to thank you for entering into a partnership to provide a rich educational opportunity for our students. In order to become involved with Bethel’s Service-Learning program, we kindly request that you review the information regarding Service-Learning to ensure that this is a good experience for yourself, students, and community partners.  

Service-Learning is the combination of academic coursework with carefully planned, meaningful service that provides direct benefits to the community.  Each student will spend 25 hours throughout the semester working with a community organization.  

The goals of Service-Learning are:

  • To enhance classroom learning

  • To provide direct service that benefits the community

  • To promote service, citizenship, and a sense of connection to others

As a Professor teaching a Service-Learning course, you will ensure that these students are provided with:

  • You will emphasize the importance of meeting the expectations laid out in the Student Letter of Understanding.

  • Let students know that if they don’t follow through with those expectations it will negatively impact their service-learning grade.

  • By the second class period you will make sure that every student has signed up for a service-learning location.

  • You will have conversations with students who are not meeting their service-learning commitments

  • Provide students with reflection assignments and activities that help them process their service-learning projects.  

In order to provide a quality experience for both the community organization and service-learning students the Bethel office of service-learning commits to do the following.

  • Provide a clear letter of understanding to each student who is taking a service-learning course.  This letter will clearly outline the professors’, students’, and community organizations’ roles.

  • Provide a clear letter of understanding to each community organization who is taking a service-learning course.  This letter will clearly outline the professors’, students’, and community organizations’ roles.

  • At the end of the first week of classes, we will e-mail each community organization with a list of students who will be contacting them about volunteering that semester.

  • We will provide students with specific orientation and application information from the community organization that they will be working with.

  • We will track each students hours and report them to their faculty member throughout the semester.  

  • We will check-in with each site supervisor several times throughout the semester to make sure that everything is going fine.

  • We will provide each site supervisor a student evaluation form at the end of the semester.  This form will allow supervisors’ to give specific feedback on each student’s involvement.  

Any questions or concerns, please contact Tanden Brekke Assistant Director of Service-Learning and Community Engagement at 651-635-8693 or t-brekke@bethel.edu

Thanks,

Tanden L. Brekke, M.A. | Assistant Director of Service-Learning and Community Engagement
Office of Off-Campus Programs and International Studies  
Bethel University | 3900 Bethel Dr. | St. Paul, MN 55112
p 651-635-8693 | cell: 612-205-4723 | http://www.bethel.edu