Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Celebrating five years of service learning at Judson

In spite of substantial financial challenges faced by the College during this fiscal year, Judson students, faculty, and staff members achieved important progress in strengthening our Faith-Based Service and Learning program. Judson was one of three campuses in Alabama asked to help pilot a college and career preparatory program for high school students that will be implemented statewide next year. Students began a GED program to help their neighbors further their education and improve their job prospects. Twenty-eight students gave up a portion of their Christmas break to provide manual labor so that three families could own their own homes. As part of their academic courses, students and faculty members monitored the Perry County water supply, conducted economic impact and perception studies that will draw grant money and tourists to the area, provided hands-on learning experiences for children, and gathered the stories of their neighbors involved in the Civil Rights Movement.

For the third consecutive year, Judson was placed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the highest federal award that a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteerism, service learning, and civic engagement.

During the 2009-2010 academic year, an estimated 85% of full-time students participated in at least one service learning activity. Many participated in multiple projects over the course of the year. Students report that their involvement in Judson’s Faith-Based Service and Learning initiatives deepened their understanding not only of their course content, but also their faith and the world around them.