SUNY Oneonta

Service-Learning Designation


The SL Designation is not a permanent designation. It is done on a semester basis. No change to the course description is needed, and you can experiment with SL but you are not committing to anything if you simply try it during a particular semester.

Professors can submit their courses for SL Designation to CSRC during the month of February (for fall semester) or during September (for spring semester).

Registrar need our finalization for SL Designated courses

  • Summer Session - February 1st
  • Fall Semester - March 10th
  • Spring Semester - October 1st

Faculty who are teaching a course with a service-learning component and want the SL designation for their course, should follow this process:

  1. Fill out this form for undergraduate courses (fillable form if you open in Adobe Acrobat). For repeated SL courses fill out this form.
  2. Fill out this form for graduate courses.
  3. Read through the SL Designation Process and Parameters document
  4. Send a copy of the syllabus along with the form in #1 to Linda Drake at CSRC (email or mail)

*If your course has an optional only SL assignment, you should still follow the parameters, but cannot receive the SL designation.

Please contact Linda Drake, Executive Director of CSRC, with questions at 607-436-2633.

*The Academic Service-Learning Faculty Handbook, written by Wendy Lascell, Geography Department is also available

Service-Learning Program Options For Faculty Members

Look at the document above, for the parameters required for a SL course. This applies to courses with a required or optional SL components.

Service opportunities are arranged in coordination with the CSRC. The CSRC already has established community partners but if there is another community partner you have in mind, the CSRC is happy to work with you on establishing an effective and collaborative relationship.

Things to consider when developing a SL component:

  1. How will the service experience connect with and enhance the curriculum objectives?
  2. Will the SL project be required or optional?
  3. What type of reflection will be required - presentation, reflection papers, reflection journal?
  4. How many hours and activities will be required for each student?
  5. Will you meet with the community partner ahead of time to discuss the SL objectives?
  6. How will your service activity fulfill a community need?
  7. How hours will be recorded (starting with timesheets)
  8. Who will be supervising the students' on-site experiences?
  9. Will the community partner play a rold in evaluating the service?
  10. Will the community partner receive any tangible products as a result of a placement?