Service-Learning Course Designation

Service-Learning Course Designation

Fall 2021 Deadline: Friday, September 10, 2021. Submissions should be submitted to

Designation Levels

The HIP Courses Designations (Research Intensive, Service Learning, and Integrative Experience) can all be obtained at either the instructor or course level. Below is a brief explanation of the differences. .

Instructor-Level Designation

This type of designation follows the instructor who has submitted their course section for designation. If there are multiple faculty teaching this course, only the faculty member’s course with an instructor level designation will have the Research Intensive course attribute.

Course-Level Designation

Departments may submit courses to be designated at the course level. This means that all instructors for the course, whether there is one or multiple instructors, will teach the course in accordance with the Research Intensive designation requirements.

Course-level designation means that all sections have common learning outcomes, final outcomes, and similar assessment practices that meet all required components of the RI Rubric. Additionally, course-level designations require that all sections are taught and graded by a content expert in the field with a terminal degree and/or permanent faculty appointment

Course Designation Criteria

The basic criteria for designating an existing course as a service-learning (S-L) course at UCF are that it:

  • Addresses a need in the community (campus, local, regional, global)
  • Meets one or more course objectives
  • Demonstrates a clear connection between the service activity and the course content
  • Involves reciprocity between course and community that results in students’ increased civic awareness and engagement
  • Involves structured student reflection
  • Involves collaboration with an appropriate agency representative
  • Involves at least 15 hours of student service to the community agency
  • Is not a venue for promoting religious or political agendas nor is it to be used for recruitment of students, those served, or other residents of locations visited for religious or political efforts.

To be designated as a service-learning course, the service-learning activities must be with nonprofit organizations or governmental agencies, including public schools, the philanthropic arm of a for-profit organization, or other initiatives approved by the High Impact Practice Committee.

All students in the course must be required to engage in service-learning experiences. The experiences may not be simply co-op, internship, clinical, practicum and other activities designed to purely meet student learning needs. These experiences, while integral to the student’s learning, do not generally meet the service-learning requirements.

Submission Process 

Service-learning course designation requests should be submitted Curriculog and must include

  • One paragraph summary of how the service-learning activities in the course will meet course objectives and community needs
  • Statement indicating willingness to provide evaluative data as required by Experiential Learning at the completion of the course
  • Course syllabus or course materials with the following:
    • Explanation of the types of service-learning experiences used to meet course objectives
    • Objection statement (e.g., If any student has a valid objection to a proposed service-learning project or placement, they must let me know during the first week of class or before the drop/add deadline so we can discuss options.
    • If all students engage in the same activity, indicate in the summary paragraph how this is unlikely to cause an objection and how any objection will be handled
    • Optional service-learning template statement (revised appropriately for each discipline). Inserting this statement into the syllabus does not automatically create an approved service-learning course; supporting material should appear in the syllabus
    • How students will connect with community agencies
    • A description of the reflection component of the experience
    • Statement indicating the grade will be given for achievement of course objectives through the service-learning activity, not just for completing a set number of hours work with the community partner

After certification is approved by the High Impact Practice Committee, the course/course section will be eligible to have a Service-Learning designation on the schedule of classes. 


Questions? Please contact Experiential Learning at