(Editors: M. Cathy Sullivan, R. Ann Myers, Cecil D. Bradfield, and Donna L. Street)
In the forward to Service Learning: Educating Students for Life, Barbara Jacoby states:
… Higher education has a unique and critical role to prepare this kind of socially responsible citizen. The articles in Service-Learning: Educating Students for Life demonstrate how service-learning enables colleges and universities to meet this challenge. They describe programs in which the reciprocal benefits of service-learning accrue to both students and communities.
I am often asked whether I believe service-learning will survive and thrive in the years to come. I believe it will, because of powerful combinations of service and learning like the ones that are so well presented in this book. The research described in these excellent and persuasive articles will continue to inspire educators, students, community members, and public and corporate leaders to come together in the spirit of concern for the common good. Democracy depends on the development of active and socially responsible citizens in all walks of life. Effective service-learning programs as exemplified in these pages will always produce individuals who will use the important lessons they learn to create and sustain institutions that will, in turn, lead future generations to seek solutions to our problems by engaging in service and learning.
In the concluding chapter of Service Learning: Educating Students for Life, Keith Morton states:
The articles collected in Service-Learning: Educating Students for Life represent
most of the issues and much of the potential for integrating
service into the curricula of higher education. Collectively, the
articles suggest a persuasive, two-part argument: integrating
service into the curriculum can positively affect student learning;
and the business disciplines can be of service to communities,
non-profit organizations and persons in need. It makes sense, then,
to join student learning with addressing community needs.
James Madison University home of the Institute for Research in Higher Education:
• Named the 1999 Breakaway National Program of the year
• Included in Mother Jones Maga zine in the Top 10 list of schools "that prove activism and community service are alive and well on campus"
• Cited by Who Cares Magazine as among 15 schools "where students are truly making a difference"