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We have prepared this manual as a "work in progress" to help you think about the service learning process and practice. We are at a crucial stage in developing service learning infrastructure. We began our work this fall semester supporting 7 courses which involved 160 students in over 30 agency/sites in the Salinas-Seaside-Monterey area. This spring, 24 service learning courses/experiences are being offered as more faculty become involved with extending learning experiences into the community.

We offer you this manual to assist you and inform you of our plans for supporting, monitoring, and evaluating service learning experiences this spring. We welcome your feedback and suggestions as we move through the various steps of this process: locating sites, creating the faculty/community link, orienting students, monitoring student placements and attendance, and evaluating program and student performance. We want to design a program that works for you as you incorporate service learners into your agency.

As CSUMB grows and the number of service learning courses/experiences grows with it, we need to develop the Institute as an effective resource for teaching and learning around the service experience. Please be a participant in this process--advise us on what works and what doesn't. Also, let us know what additional resources would be helpful to you and your agency.

The staff at the Service Learning Institute looks forward to an exciting partnership with you. Together we will expand opportunities for our students as we link learning and service to community issues and needs.

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