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c-nvolved (A Service Learning Program)

 

Welcome and thank you for your interest in c-nvolved!

In January, 2011, a committee comprised of administration, faculty, staff and students began the process of developing its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The plan, now called “c-nvolved” is a campus-wide program designed to integrate undergraduate students’ service experiences into the academic setting. From this site you can learn more about c-nvolved and about service-learning and its benefits. You can also find answers to frequently asked questions about service-learning.

Service-Learning is a natural choice for our QEP in light of Carson-Newman’s mission: to help our students reach their full potential as educated citizens and worldwide servant leaders by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment with a caring community. Additionally, c-nvolved, will fulfill a goal stated in our 2009 Strategic Plan to “create a service-learning program that provides opportunities for service” (“Future of the Past,” C-N Strategic Plan 2009).

There are two goals for c-nvolved, the first addresses impact on campus and the second addresses student learning.

  • By the end of the five year plan, our goal is that 70% of students who graduate from Carson-Newman with an undergraduate degree will have had a developmental service-learning experience within their academic discipline.
  • Among the students participating in the standardized service-learning program, our goal is that 80% of those students will show improvement in identified student learning outcomes.

We will assess two student learning outcomes in each service-learning course:

  • Students will connect knowledge from an academic discipline to their service-learning experience.
  • Students will identify the assumptions and attitudes they bring to Service-Learning.

Professors will use common assessment tools and will use assessment data to adjust the service-learning activities. The c-nvolved Committee will use the assessment data to determine progress toward the goals.

Carson-Newman will implement c-nvolved gradually over the course of four years with LA101 course sections introduced in year one, 200-/300-level courses in years two and three and 400-level courses in year four. By the fifth year of the plan, there will be a regular pattern of faculty development, student participation, assessment, and necessary adjustments as a result of ongoing assessment.

Carson-Newman has a long history of service to the local community and to the world. The QEP is an attempt to relate that service to what students are learning in the classroom and to assess that learning by a standardized set of measures. Carson-Newman’s QEP is an attempt to enhance the learning and cultural development of our students.