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Academic Service Learning

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Academic Service Learning at Ferris State University

Academic Service Learning (ASL) is a teaching and learning strategy that aligns perfectly with Ferris State University's history of providing a hands on education, increasing opportunities for students and the community. ASL is not a volunteer activity, but an intentional learning strategy that applies both experience and theory during a course curriculum.

The ASL experience must provide a tangible outcome that is mutually beneficial for both the students and the community. It is expected that the outcome for the community will be an outcome it deems as a desired need. The Office of Community Engagement will assist in identifying community need and partners.

ASL Dental Hygiene Project

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What Faculty Believe

ASL Supports the Local Community

Academic Service Learning recognizes "the importance of the community to the University and the University to the community."- Dr. Sandy Alspach.

ASL Gives Students the Opportunity for Experiential Learning 

When “community partners come to us with a need and we’re able to support that need through our students-it’s a double bonus”. – Dr. Sarah Hinkley

Why it is important to get involved

“Ferris is particularly interested in giving students opportunities to not only learn, but learn how to use what they have learned”. – Dr. Stephanie Thomson