Completing the ELR Through Service

Students may satisfy their Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR) through individual service projects. These students must develop a customized service experience that includes specific learning outcomes, a minimum of 40 hours of direct service, and intentional research and reflection activities. The service experience must:

  • be with a recognized nonprofit or government agency
  • meet an identified need in the community
  • be of a direct or indirect nature (consulting, project development, research)

All students are eligible to complete this requirement using the Service-Learning ELR Workbook. However, students must begin the process outlined below prior to beginning the service experience. If a student wishes to fulfill the ELR in this manner, they must contact the Kernodle Center at the beginning of the semester in which they plan to complete the requisite service hours. Kernodle Center staff will review the ELR workbook and process with the student before the service project begins.

ELR Deadlines

Students may not begin their ELR after Fall Break or Spring Break. This requirement ensures that community agencies have time to coordinate students. Deadlines for individual steps of the workbook will be set in the initial meeting with Kernodle Center staff.

ELR Completion Process

1. Email to set up orientation with the Kernodle Center to discuss workbook, local social issues, and community partners.
2. Identify social issue and agency
3. Meet with agency to discuss volunteer opportunities
4. Begin serving and completing timesheets
5. Complete the end of service evaluation with agency supervisor

ELR Resources