Academically Based Community Service

Academically Based Community Service integrates community service or community-based research with academic learning.

Research and best practices in higher education clearly demonstrates that academic service-learning enhances university community partnerships, contributes to a discipline’s scholarship of engagement and strengthens students’ knowledge, skills and experiences in addressing real world issues.

ABCS are

  • Rooted in service and intrinsically linked to teaching and research.
  • Reciprocal and mutually beneficial partnerships between UNL (students, faculty and staff) and community organizations.
  • Authentic and focused on problem-solving research and teaching.
  • Transformational which promotes learning through service.
  • Emphasizes student and faculty reflection on the service experience.
  • Developmental in fostering structural community improvement including effective public schools, neighborhood development, and community organizations.
  • Local, regional, national or international.