Service learning draws upon some of the noblest intentions of American higher education: its goal is to develop an educated and engaged citizenry willing and able to address society's ills. This idea of service learning resonates deeply with the felt needs of our time, and perhaps nowhere more keenly than in the urban locations of metropolitan colleges and universities. Consequently, service learning is perhaps the fastest growing and the most promising movement within higher education today.
Price, James Robertson III and Martello, John S., "Naming and Framing Service Learning: A Taxonomy and Four Levels of Value" (1996). Higher Education. 40.