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Service-learning enables students to apply classroom skills and knowledge to meaningful service in the community, presenting an enriching learning and personal growth experience for students while addressing the unmet needs of communities. Most service-learning experiences at ASU are incorporated as discrete components or assignments associated with academic courses, but service-learning courses are unique in that they are stand-alone, credit-bearing, graded courses in which students provide 70-100 hours of sustained service throughout the semester at an approved Community Partner site. The goal of service-learning is to enhance student understanding of academic curriculum while becoming socially embedded citizens, using critical reflection as a key learning tool.
ProMod is an innovative modular learning model that infuses project-based learning into undergradaute courses at ASU. Participating students work closely with faculty and fellow peers by apply academic knowledge to real-world situations while earning course credits. At the end of the year, students produce tangible solutions to problems that fit their majors, building collaboration and writing skills, creativity and product portfolios along the way.
The Engineering Projects in Community Service program (EPICS) is a national award-winning social entrepreneurship program in which teams design, build and deploy systems to solve engineering-based problems for charities, schools and other not-for-profit organizations. Project teams address needs through innovative technology-based appraches in the Phoenix metropolitan area and around the world in places like Bangladesh, Malawi and Fiji. In the fall 2009, ASU joined a consortium of 20 universities in the nationwide EPICS program, and has since become the largest social entrepreneurship program at ASU featuring 6 EPICS GOLD classes, 142 students and 35+ active project teams.
The Collaboratory on Central is an interprofessional teaching clinic opened in 2015 in a historic downtown Phoenix high-rise, which serves as affordable housing to nearly 300 elderly and disabled tenants. Students pursuing degrees in nursing, nutrition, therapeutic recreation and social work at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus provide residents both health and psycho-social services to improve their wellbeing, increase community connections and reduce the number of emergency calls to the building.
The Student Health Outreach for Wellness (S.H.O.W.) Clinic is a service-learning program that provides free healthcare and health education to members of the community who are experiencing homelessness. The community health initiatives is Arizona's first tri-university collaborative project, run by students and guided by faculty united by a mission to provide free, holistic, client-centered health care services using interprofessional team-based care. The clinic also addresses larger system issues through community partnerships and capacity building projects, and offers students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels the opportunity to learn and demonstrate leadership in an interprofessional team environment.
ASU provides university-quality learning experiences for adults ages 50 and over through non-credit short courses at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, compelling them to become active resources and leaders in their communities. Members have the opportunity to grow and learn inside and outside the classroom via campus events, local affinity groups, group discounts to local cultural and art events, and social media networks.