What is Service Learning?

Service learning. What is it, anyway? A phrase most often heard in the classroom, service learning is a method of teaching and learning that combines academic classroom instruction with meaningful, related services that help local businesses and organizations. Globe University is proud to institute a service-learning component in courses across their many program offerings. After all, this way of learning is just one more way that they can offer a hands-on learning atmosphere. In 2012, 57 classes at Globe University-Appleton completed service/applied learning projects totaling more than 2,500 dedicated hours by our students and staff!

Globe University students help prepare a meal at a homeless shelter as part of a Service Learning project.

Throughout the year, Globe University extends the classroom into the community, working with area businesses and nonprofits with class projects, service-learning opportunities and community engagement activities. Students may educate pet owners on animal health, develop a website for a nonprofit or small business, or organize a blood drive. As they provide valuable services to the organization, students benefit from practical experience and opportunities to develop professional relationships.

Our students participate in service-learning initiatives that engage them in community activities that meet the needs of area agencies and businesses. Service-learning projects can be short or long term, and address many areas of need for the community. The projects have included activities like developing business plans or marketing plans (for a Small Business Management course), preparing meals for local homeless shelters, or even creating spreadsheets and documents to facilitate an easier way for local Girl Scout Troops to manage their cookie sales.

Globe University-Appleton Accounting Program Chair Monika Knapp was excited to work with the Girl Scouts organization to help facilitate cookie ordering and pick-up during a recent service-learning project for the Intermediate Accounting course. The Accounting students used their Microsoft Excel skills to streamline procedures, inventory purchasing and manage internal control issues.

“I think it was a great outside-the-accounting-box exercise,” Knapp said. “I loved it! It was a great partnership that not only helped the organization but also helped the students gain hands-on, practical experience like they would in career setting.”

A group of students meet with the Executive Director of the Thompson Community Center, a long-time community partner of Globe University.

The collaboration between the accounting program and a local Girl Scouts troop was just one of the many service-learning projects completed by Globe University-Appleton and surrounding organizations in 2012.

Globe University-Appleton was proud to partner with more than 20 local businesses and organizations in 2012. Some of our community engagement and service-learning partners included:

  • ARC Fox Cities
  • B.A.B.E.S., Inc Respite and Counseling Services
  • Boys & Girls Brigade
  • City of Neenah
  • Community Benefit Tree, Inc
  • Community Garden Partnership
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Dalla Terra Pasta
  • Fox Valley Humane Association
  • Girl Scouts
  • Market Gardeners of Outagamie County
  • Neenah Animal Shelter
  • Neenah-Menasha Emergency Society
  • Project Bridges
  • Plz… Give the Keys
  • REACH A Child
  • Salvation Army
  • Saving Paws Animal Rescue
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Thompson Community Center
  • Touch of Wellness
  • Troop Group
  • Wisconsin Books to Prisoners Project