To This Day: College Graduates on the Lasting Significance of Relationality and Experiential Learning

  • Ann Fullerton Portland State University
  • Vicki L. Reitenauer Portland State University
Keywords: Higher Education, Community-based Learning, Alumni Perspectives


In the past twenty years, much research has been conducted into the effects of community-based learning and service-learning on students, but studies into the long-term impacts that persist after graduation have been fewer in number. In this article, the authors share perspectives from Portland State University alumni on the lasting significance of their participation in a community-based learning course that has been operating continuously for more than two decades and the key features of significant learning experiences more generally.