Project Objectives and Foci

Service-learning is an integral part of our students' educational experience while on campus. Classes often partner with local organizations, which enable them to discover connections between their work in the classroom and in the community.

The Service Learning Objectives pyramid shows how to engage faculty and encourage them to use this in their classrooms.Faculty are encouraged approach service-learning as something that connects well to student learning outcomes in their classroom. The IMPACT Center will help you by identifying partners and projects to help align service-learning with the material covered in the classroom.

Through the collective efforts of faculty, staff, and students, Gardner-Webb continues to leave a lasting impact on the community.  In 2014, 905 students were engaged in academic service-learning initiatives, while 1,006 students participated in community service opportunities outside of class.  A grand total of more than 34,100 hours of intentional community service were logged.

The tangible results of service efforts do not go unnoticed. For nine straight years, Gardner-Webb has been selected for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Honor Roll recognizes those institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. Gardner-Webb has become an Honor Roll mainstay because of students’ commitment to a wide variety of service initiatives.

Graphic describing Project Foci, which include food security, adequate housing, health and wellness, youth and education, creation care and sustainability.Typical service-learning projects support food security, adequate housing, health and wellness, youth and enducation, and creation care and sustainability. Of course, faculty and students can champion other projects that align with the University's mission.

“As President Frank Bonner has stated on many occasions, we are educating great students to also be great people. We want students to serve with effectiveness and impact while they are here. But more than that, we want them to make that same impact with their life. Students have power. When they raise their voices and decide that they want to influence the lives of others—that is when things start moving. This is just one demonstration of our students working together with faculty and staff to make the world a better place, both locally and globally,” said Dr. Tom LeGrand, director of the IMPACT Center.