Combining Service and Learning in Higher Education: Evaluation of the Learn and Serve America Higher Education Program, Volume 1
Maryann Jacobi Gray
RAND Education, Jan 1, 1999 - Education - 108 pages
This report presents evaluation results of the Learn and Serve America, Higher Education (LSAHE) federal initiative. The report addresses the impact of LSAHE on students, communities, and higher education institutions, and is based on data collection and observation from fiscal 1995 through fiscal 1997. The broad goals of LSAHE are to: engage students in meeting the unmet needs of communities while enhancing their own academic learning, their sense of social responsibility, and their civic skills through service-learning. Evaluation involved 300 institutions each year that responded to an accomplishments survey, a community impact survey, and a student survey. Site visits and analysis of secondary data were also conducted. The evaluation concluded that LSAHE was a critical catalyst on many campuses for the initiation, growth, and enhancement of service-learning programs and courses. Evaluation results are detailed for five areas: (1) the work that LSAHE programs performed; (2) the impact of LSAHE participation on service providers; (3) the impact of the work performed by LSAHE programs on service recipients; (4) the institutional impact of LSAHE; and (5) the return on the LSAHE investment. Recommendations urge goal clarification, encouragement of more direct service, and specification of "good practices" in service-learning. (DB)
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WHAT DID LSAHE PROGRAMS ACCOMPLISH?
WHAT WERE THE IMPACTS OF SERVICELEARNING ON STUDENTS?
WHAT WERE LSAHE IMPACTS ON COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS?
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academic skills AmeriCorps Annual Accomplishments Survey assess beneﬁts campus capacity building activities colleges and universities community colleges Community Impact Survey community organization staff community service comparison courses comparison group respondents comprehensive universities consortia consortium course-based service-learning differences direct service effects enrolled faculty ﬁndings ﬁrst Fiscal 1995 Fiscal Fiscal 1996 Fiscal ﬁve goals health and human higher education higher education institutions identiﬁed included inﬂuence institutional type institutions with LSAHE involvement liberal arts colleges LSAHE grants LSAHE-funded programs LSAHE-supported programs matching funds median number of students participate in service participation in service-learning percent public safety RAND received LSAHE reﬂection research universities response rate results indicate ROI ratio sample schools self-selected service activities service experience service opportunities service programs service providers service recipients service-learning and comparison service-learning courses service-learning programs service-learning respondents service-learning students speciﬁc statistically signiﬁcant Student Survey student volunteers subgrants subsubgrantees subsubgrants sustain Table technical assistance visits