New grant bolsters service programs at AU

Tue, 2008-02-26 14:57 -- univcomm
February 26, 2008

New grant money will make it possible for Anderson University to expand its service-learning programs in the coming years.

Indiana Campus Compact, a nonprofit that advocates for civic engagement in higher education, awarded 10 Indiana schools $22,500 each over the next three years.

The money, plus a match of $7,500 from Anderson University, will help teachers integrate service projects into their classes.

“At Anderson University, service is intrinsic to who we are, but service learning is slightly different,” said Fred Shively, the university’s faculty liaison to Indiana Campus Compact. “What we’ve needed to learn—and we’ve admitted this to ourselves—is building things into our syllabi.”

The university offers some courses with service learning components, but Shively said faculty members would like to see the number grow.

“The purpose of the grant is to strengthen the infrastructure on campus for the whole service learning enterprise,” he said.

Indiana Campus Compact selected schools for the award based on evidence that service learning would continue beyond the three-year award period.

Shively said the grant was significant compared with previous awards from the agency, which typically totaled between $500 and $600.

The money is a “good start” to expanding service learning, he said. Faculty members will be meeting to discuss possible offerings and will also look to other campuses for project ideas.

—Barrett Newkirk is a reporter for the Herald Bulletin in Anderson. Story republished with permission.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.