Service-Learning is a course-based or competency-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students (a) participate in mutually identified service activities that benefit the community, and (b) reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of personal values and civic responsibility.

To learn more about service-learning at ASU, please visit Community-Engaged Leadership (CEL).

Service-Learning Opportunities in the RM Program

The RM program incorporates the aspects of the Appalachian State University Strategic Plan Mission Statement for discovery, creativity and application of knowledge through extensive service learning and 'real life' experiences that are incorporated into the curriculum. These applied learning experiences address the specific needs of the region and state for the continual increasing health and wellness concerns of North Carolinians. Students facilitate programs that encourage the adoption of lifelong activities in a variety of populations, from adults with disabilities, to at-risk youth, to the 'general population'.

Students in the Recreation Management Program may engage in a number of community service activities each semester. Numerous Recreation Management classes require students to complete projects for various agencies. Four Recreation Management classes carry the ACT office service learning designation: Program Planning, Inclusive Recreation, Environmental Education Skills, and Outdoor Leadership.

Examples of service learning opportunities are listed below:

Development and Maintenance

Students participate in hiking trail maintenance and clean up on a regular basis.

Planning and Design

Students plan recreation areas and playgrounds that have led to the actual design and construction of playgrounds at ASU and in the community.

Inclusive Recreation (Service Learning Designated course)

Students participate in Project Recreation, which, in cooperation with Watauga Opportunities, pairs ASU students with individuals with developmental disabilities who seek to engage in recreation activities in the community.

Evaluation and Research

Students conduct survey research studies for area agencies. Many students go on to present their research at professional conferences.

Administration II

Students prepare grant proposals in consultation with agencies that can subsequently submit these proposals for funding.

Recreation Program Planning (Service Learning Designated Course)

Students to plan and implement recreation programs for a variety of community groups and agencies.