Student Affairs

Student Affairs and Service Learning Programs: Evidence-Based Best Practices

Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Dr. Aaron Hughey
Price: $50.00

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Service learning programs are an excellent connect the campus to the proverbial real world and student affairs professionals are in a unique position to foster this connection. Enhancing community engagement is an ideal strategy for showing students how what they are learning during college (both within and outside the classroom) directly relates to their future lives and career choices.  Service learning also provides colleges and universities with a powerful avenue for enhancing the important relationships they have with the communities in which they are situated; service learning really is a win-win for everyone involved.

When successfully and effectively implemented, service learning programs can help students incorporate a heightened sense of personal responsibility in their interactions with others, enhance their moral and spiritual development, and provide them with the communication, conflict resolution and leadership skills that are so critical for success in today’s highly competitive global community.

Service learning programs help students acquire a greater appreciation for diversity by promoting inter-cultural understanding and reducing stereotypes. These programs also promote social responsibility and civic engagement both while students are in college and after they graduate. Finally, service learning programs give students an advantage in their life and career pursuits by connecting them with professionals and other community contacts that can assist them in a number of meaningful and mutually-beneficial ways.

Brief Outline:

The webinar will utilize the following outline:

  1. Benefits and Challenges: The Commitment Required to Maintain Excellence
  2. The Essential Components of a Service Learning Program
  3. Evidence-based Best Practices: What to Emulate – What to Avoid
  4. Setting the Stage for Future Success: Important Considerations
  5. Technology: Make Sure It’s a Blessing, Not a Curse
  6. Integration, Collaboration, Cooperation: Maximizing Efficacy and Minimizing Conflict
  7. Case Studies in Success: Service Learning Programs to Investigate

Learning outcomes:

Participants will:

  1. Investigate the benefits of implementing a service learning program.
  2. Review the essential components of a service learning program.
  3. Explore evidence-based best practices for developing and implementing service learning programs.
  4. Assess and anticipate evolving opportunities with respect to service learning and how those opportunities can be capitalized upon.
  5. Investigate the available technological tools available for developing, supporting and maintaining service learning programs.
  6. Examine how to foster and enhance support and cooperation within the campus community for service learning programs.
  7. Critique examples of successful service learning programs from across the nation

Who Should Attend:

Student affairs professionals in general, and especially those who work in Service Learning, Volunteerism, Student Activities and Organizations, Leadership Development, Career Services, Academic Advising, Housing and Residence Life, Internship and Co-op Programs, Judicial Affairs, Retention Programs, and Placement Offices.


Dr. Aaron W. Hughey is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University, where he oversees the graduate degree program in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Before joining the faculty in 1991, he spent 10 years in progressive administrative positions, including five years as the Associate Director of University Housing at WKU. He was also head of the department of Counseling and Student Affairs for five years before returning to the faculty full-time in 2008. Dr. Hughey has degrees from the University of Tennessee at Martin, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Western Kentucky University, and Northern Illinois University. He has authored (or co-authored) over 60 refereed publications on a wide range of issues including leadership and student development, standardized testing, diversity, legal issues (including compliance), technology, and educational administration. He regularly presents at national and international conferences and consults extensively with companies and schools. He also provides training and professional development programs on a variety of topics centered on student success; developing and implementing service learning programs is one of his specialties.

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