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Service Learning

SVSU defines service learning a‌s “a form of experiential learning that incorporates meaningful community service with traditional instruction and critical thinking exercises in order to:

1) enhance educational experiences;

2) teach civic responsibility;

3) address the needs of global and local communities, with a special commitment to the Great Lakes Bay Region of Michigan.

It empowers students to engage in the educational process through community collaborations and apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world issues as actively contributing citizens. There is an equal emphasis on meeting community needs and providing substantive learning experiences to students."

This definition was adapted based on work presented by the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse and the Higher Education Service-Learning Clearinghouse, UCLA.  

Pre-Med Students Alongside Physicians

Through collaborative efforts of SVSU and Covenant Hospital, pre-med students act as medical scribes to reduce physicians' paperwork burden and its related burnout. [More . . .]


Covenant reported that this program has saved over $1.2 million in increased efficiencies since 2011.
Course materials are developed jointly between SVSU and Covenant.


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Saginaw Valley State University


SVSU students address the needs of local and global communities through the integration of meaningful service and traditional instruction that incorporates reflection and critical thinking to enrich the learning experience. 

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In the 2013/14 academic year, 5,133 students participated inservice learning courses, or 42 percent