In the past, UHD has been honored to have several students who have received learning opportunities made possible through State Rep. Turner's Community Partnership Program, designed to award funds to UHD and community agencies serving north Houston residents.
Service-learning is a course-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students:
a) participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs
b) reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content
c) gain a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of personal values and civic responsibility.
Service-leaning is defined as one of the high-impact educational practices that benefit students.
Civic engagement, part of UHD's statement of shared values, as well as the new call to service issued by President Obama to United We Serve, focus on the opportunity to make a personal connection to complex social problems in our communities. Several content areas are involved in reality-based education (also named community-based education), an arm of service-learning.
Service-learning is recognized as one of the high-impact initiatives for student success. Additionally, it aligns with UHD’s mission statement, creates campus-community partners, uses civic involvement to meet specific learning objectives of an academic course, engages students and invigorates teaching, and creates research and publishing opportunities.