Service Learning Resources

Campus Compact

As indicated by the mission statement below, Campus Compact is an organization that provides support to faculty, staff, administrators, students, and community partners interested in service learning. Many states have Campus Compact offices. Information about the state Campus Compacts can be found through links on the national Campus Compact website.

Mission Statement

Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 900 college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of higher education. To support this civic mission, Campus Compact promotes community service that develops students’ citizenship skills and values, encourages collaborative partnerships between campuses and communities, and assists faculty who seek to integrate public and community engagement into their teaching and research.

To achieve this mission, Campus Compact:

  • Creates supportive academic environments for community service, including service-learning;

  • Assists in establishing and helping to pass federal and national legislation promoting public and community service;

  • Forms partnerships with business, community, and government leaders;

  • Provides information to members through publications;

  • Awards grants to member schools and state affiliates;

  • Provides funding and awards for outstanding service work; and

  • Organizes conferences, forums, and meetings.

Service Learning Events

Campus Compact and the American Association for Higher Education provide extensive online calendar listings of service learning conferences, workshops, meetings, and other events. Both calendars provide links to organizations sponsoring the events or to the events’ webpages.

Service Learning Handbooks

Several institutions have developed in-depth, handbooks to guide faculty as they design and implement service learning courses. These step-by-step guides are highly recommended, especially for faculty who are new to service learning.

Online handbooks

Faculty Development Resources

Disciplinary Pathways to Service learning is an online monograph that includes suggestions for getting started in service learning and autobiographical essays of community college professors who have incorporated service leaning into their courses.


Clearinghouses are comprehensive collections of service-learning resources available on the worldwide web. Clearinghouses can be useful to anyone interested in service-learning regardless of experience level.

The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse provides information on service learning covering K-12, higher education, and community-based initiatives.