CUMU (Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities), 2016 Conference, Poster Presentations:
Julie Dierberger, and Samantha Kanouse, University of Nebraska at Omaha Commitment to quality service learning instruction at the higher education level has been a major tactic used to achieve the metropolitan mission at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). As service learning has become institutionalized across the campus, expansion to include the P-12 area schools and teachers became not only an important next step in relationship development, but also a means to better serve the Omaha community. To that end, UNO has been partnering with P-12 schools and non-profit organizations for five years to create the P-16 Initiative, a unique model of service learning in which P-12 teachers, UNO faculty members, and non-profit partners co-create service learning experiences to meet state standards, course learning goals, and community-identified needs. These experiences are unique in that they are co-created with a P-12 teacher, UNO faculty member, and non-profit partner; traditional models show P-12 students served by higher education students in service learning courses. The presentation will explore the assessment tools utilized to understand this unique partnership and how students are reporting change. The research presented will answer the following research questions:
1. What are the identified knowledge, skills and abilities identified from students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha that are participating in a service learning course with a P-12 partner?
2. How do students’ self-reported outcomes of their experiences change before and after their service learning experience?
Dierberger, Julie and Ferris, Libby, "P-16 Service Learning Outcomes: Charting New Paths to Partner and Assess Innovative Collaborations" (2016). SLA Scholarship. 1.