Deepening the Institutionalization of Service-Learning: The Added Value of Assessing the Social Return of Investment

  • Kathleen Stanton-Nichols Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Julie Hatcher Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Amanda Cecil Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Keywords: Higher Education, Service Learning

Abstract

Strategies to institutionalize service-learning are well documented (Furco 1996; Holland, 2000). Using Kecskes (2009) Community-Engaged Department Rubric we evaluated service-learning institutionalization within a school at a metropolitan campus. As a result, we propose adding an additional dimension, social return on investment. This added dimension helps academic leaders to understand the benefits, for a variety of stakeholders, of investing in service-learning and more broadly in campus-community partnerships. Implications and recommendations are offered to replicate this analysis.
Published
2015-01-01