Developing a Service-Learning Minor: Its Impact and Lessons for the Future


  • Scott J. Myers-Lipton San Jose State University


Higher Education, Service Learning, Service Learning Program, Minor


This study explores a comprehensive service-learning program at a large metropolitan, western university that is attempting to develop a service-learning minor. The study examines the effect of the program on students and the university community. The qualitative data were gathered from twenty-five students over a period from December 2001 to December 2002. The results demonstrate that students in a comprehensive service-learning program became a strong community, developed leadership roles and skills, and increased their understanding of diversity. The study explores challenges that a service-learning program faces and the lessons learned from such an endeavor. The study also explores the lessons learned from developing a comprehensive servicelearning program for other metropolitan universities interested in replication.