The Center for Service Learning adheres to the highest standards of assessment and evaluation, employing effective qualitative and quantitative methodologies, as appropriate, to gauge student learning and development. The Center also assesses the effectiveness of service to the community. As part of the assessment process, responses are sought from students, faculty, community agencies, and other stakeholders. Assessment and evaluation forms are available (below) for this purpose. Academic as well as civic learning outcomes, related to the cognitive and affective development of students, are assessed. Specific learning and development outcomes (PDF) have been identified for students at Western.
Service learning affects students in various ways. The ground-breaking HERI/UCLA study (PDF) is an excellent example of the evaluated results of the comparative effects of service learning and community service on the cognitive and affective development of college undergraduates.
Assessment & Evaluation Resources