What are the Benefits for Students? Why Get Involved?
[The following is reprinted from “Stepping Forward as Stewards of Place – A Guide for Leading Public Engagement at State Colleges and Universities.” American Association of State Colleges and Universities, 2002 (pg 12). http://www.aascu.org/pdf/stewardsofplace_02.pdf ]
Embracing Public Engagement as a Core Value will Yield Benefits to all Concerned.
For students, working on community and regional issues:
- Provides a substantial linkage between theory and practice that might otherwise be presented in a traditional setting;
- Helps keep the curriculum current and responsive;
- Brings critical thinking/problem solving alive, thus making the classroom experience interesting;
- Allows for effective and lasting integration of skills such as leadership that will contribute to the “competitive advantage” in the workplace and beyond;
- Brings ethical issues into the classroom;
- Offers a foundation for meaningful discussion about the responsibilities of citizens along with the nature and dynamics of a successful community;
- Supports service learning initiatives; and
- Prepares students for a lifetime of informed and participatory citizenship.