Impact of Service-Learning Program
Service-learning has become one of the most important educational reform movements in the United States. National research shows that students participating in service-learning show improvements in academic achievement, career preparation, feelings of self-efficacy, behavior, attendance, and civic engagement. Evaluation results from Miami Dade College parallel these findings. Below is a sampling of some of MDC’s evaluation results.
- Career Choice Impact: Approximately 66 percent of student respondents say their service-learning experience confirmed their career choice, made them think about a different career choice, or changed their career choice.
- Satisfaction of Service Experience: More than 90 percent of student respondents report that they are either very satisfied or satisfied with their service experience and that the service was beneficial to the community.
- Satisfaction with Service-Learning: More than 90 percent of student respondents rate their experience as excellent or good and would recommend service-learning to their peers.
- Connecting Course Objectives to Everyday Life: More than 90 percent of student respondents report that their service helped them see how the subject matter can be used in everyday life and more than 85 percent say their service helped them “better understand the lectures and readings required for this class.”
- Commitment to Service: More than 80 percent of student respondents report that “this class made me more interested in doing service that I was before.”
- Self Reflection: More than 90 percent of student respondents said they “learned a great deal about myself through my service activities.”
- Integrating Learning Into Behavior: More than 90 percent of student respondents felt that the class was “very successful in helping me really learn.”