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Overview of Service-Learning at OCU. Campus Compact Conference, OCU April 24th, 2009 Dann J. May, M.S., M.A. Adjunct Professor & Director Vivian Wimberly Center for Ethics and Servant Leadership Wimberly School of Religion, OCU dmay@okcu.edu Lea Anne Burgess

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overview of service learning at ocu

Overview of Service-Learning at OCU

Campus Compact Conference, OCU

April 24th, 2009

Dann J. May, M.S., M.A.

Adjunct Professor & Director

Vivian Wimberly Center for Ethics and Servant Leadership

Wimberly School of Religion, OCU

dmay@okcu.edu

Lea Anne Burgess

Graduate student in religion & research assistant, OCU

A Methodist Affiliated Institution

service learning research at ocu

Service-Learning Research at OCU

Overview and General Comments

Service-learning religion students at the OK Buddhist Conference, Fall 2007

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Service-Learning Research at OCU

Mission Statement

Oklahoma City University embraces the United Methodist tradition of scholarship and service and welcomes all faiths in a culturally rich community that is dedicated to student welfare and success. Men and women pursue academic excellence through a rigorous curriculum that focuses on students' intellectual, moral, and spiritual development to prepare them to become effective leaders in service to their communities.

Service-learning student at the

OKC Bombing Memorial

what is service learning

What is Service-Learning?

Service learning is an educational methodology that integrates community service with academic instruction as it focuses on critical, reflective thinking and civic engagement. Students participate in organized community service that addresses community needs, while developing their academic skills, sense of civic responsibility, and commitment to the community. -- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Service_learning

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What is Service-Learning?

VolunteerismInternships

Service-Learning

Volunteerism primarily benefits the community

Internships primarily benefits the student

Service-learning combines service to the community with academic learning in order to benefit both society and the student.

service learning at ocu

Service-Learning at OCU

Since the inception of the service-learning (S-L) program in the 2002 fall semester, OCU has offered 179 service-learning courses.

Service-learning

students at

the Buddha Mind

Monastery,

Spring 2008

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Service-Learning at OCU

Starting in fall 2003, a S-L course was made part of the general education requirement for all undergraduates.

OCU was the first in OK to have this requirement. East Central is the second.

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Service-Learning at OCU

Faculty who submit proposals for new S-L courses are eligible for stipends ranging from $500-$2000.

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Service-Learning at OCU

Some Statistics (2006-2007):

26.7% of students in 2006-2007 completed a S-L course (of 1726 full-time undergraduates)

41 S-L courses were taught (3% of total courses offered)

24 separate academic programs (70%) and departments offer S-L courses

156 full-time faculty

Homeless students dressing up for Halloween at Positive Tomorrows, OCU Dance School S-L Project, Spring 2008

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Service-Learning at OCU

Some Statistics (F2008-S2009):

26% of students in 2008-2009 completed a S-L course (of 1942 FTE undergraduates)

39 S-L courses were taught (3% of total courses offered)

13 separate academic programs and departments offered S-L courses

24 faculty (4 adjuncts) / 241 FTE faculty

Students working with Blue Thumb Stream assessment, BIOL 1015

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Service-Learning at OCU: Fall 08–Spring 09

39 separate courses across 6 Schools & Colleges

(no S-L courses in Law or Music)

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Service-Learning at OCU Since Fall 2002

At least 50 separate courses across 6 Schools & Colleges (no S-L courses in Law or Music)

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Service-Learning at OCU Since Fall 2002

At least 50 separate courses across 24 academic units and programs.

academic units with s l courses
Academic Units with S-L Courses
  • Accounting
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Dance Management
  • Economics
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • English
  • History
  • Kinesiology
  • Management
  • Mass Communications
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Theater
  • Graduate Programs:
    • Education
    • Liberal Arts
    • Religion
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Service-Learning at OCU Since Fall 2002

60 General Education Courses Taught as S-L

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Service-Learning at OCU Since Fall 2002

26 of 179 S-L Courses taught by Adjuncts

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Service-Learning at OCU

At least 61 community partners have been served:

16+ Religious organizations (Buddhist, Christian & Islamic)

10+ Schools (e.g., Gatewood Elem., Positive Tomorrows)

9+ OCU programs & events (Powwow, recycling program)

7+ Health related (e.g., Camp Wildfire, ROC Medical Center)

6+ Nonprofits (Butterfield Foundation, GSA, Gold Dome Multi)

4+ Government agencies (e.g., DEQ, Dale Rodgers T.C.)

4+ Other (e.g., Epworth Villa, OpenHouse.com, OSN)

3 Museums (e.g., Bombing Memorial, Overholser Mansion)

1 International: Manos Juntas health clinic in Nicaragua

Note: a few partners are listed in more than one category

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Service-Learning at OCU Since Fall 2002

52 full-time faculty have offered a S-L course:

38 women & 14 men

Fig. 7: Service-Learning

Faculty

Fig. 8: 206 Full-Time Faculty at

OCU in 2007-08

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Service-Learning at OCU: Fall 08–Spring 09

24 Faculty taught a S-L course

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Service-Learning at OCU Since Fall 2002

#of

Facul t y

Female Faculty More Likely to Repeat a S-L Course

Includes Full-Time, Adjunct & Dean of SOR

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Service-Learning at OCU Since Fall 2002

#of

Facul t y

Female Faculty More Likely to Repeat a S-L Course

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Service-Learning at OCU Since Fall 2002

57 faculty have taught at least one S-L course:

52 full-time & 5 adjuncts: 39 women & 18 men

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Service-Learning at OCU Since Fall 2002

Female Faculty More Likely to Receive a Stipend

36 full-time faculty have received a S-L stipend:

25 women and 11 men

# of Faculty

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Service-Learning at OCU Since Fall 2002

111 of 179 S-L courses taught by women:

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Service-Learning Research at OCU

Conclusion:

Female faculty members are more likely to offer service-learning courses and to teach such courses repeatedly.

Possible Explanations?

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Service-Learning Research at OCU

Possible Hypotheses

1. Female faculty members may have different teaching styles.

2. Female faculty may be more open to newer and more engaging teaching practices.

3. Female faculty members teach courses that are more conducive to service-learning.

4. If Carol Gilligan is correct, women are more likely to have an “ethic of care” based on relationships, community and service. Men, on the other hand, have an “ethic of justice” that is based on impersonal and abstract principles. (In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women's Development, 1982)

student reflection
Student Reflection

“My experience at the Buddhist Mind Monastery was like nothing I could have predicted. I thought we would just do a few hours of volunteer work. . . . Instead, I got the opportunity to meet two insightful nuns, learn more about Buddhism, learn how to meditate… I even got to try eggplant for the first time ever. I was given the opportunity to do some rewarding work inside and outside the monastery. My service learning project at the Buddha Mind Monastery was an interesting and insightful experience.” - V. Nsikak, OCU student

some student reflections
Some Student Reflections

“The common misconception that I have been exposed to from society about Islam being a frightening religion was totally diminished while conducting our service learning. By no means should people be afraid of this wonderful religion.” - A. Raygoza, OCU student

“It surprised me that there were more tangible similarities between Islam and Christianity than I originally thought. There is a strong sense of community, there are visible professions of faith, and zeal to believe as they do. Also, some of the common misconceptions that I had were dispelled.”

- E. Brown, freshman religion major

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Student Reflection

“I felt a sense of accomplishment after we were done. I felt all my preconceived notions about the nature of Muslims leave me as they welcomed me and all the other people from our group. This service project helped me understand the Islamic religion by sitting down with an actual Imam from a mosque and asking him questions…. I got to learn the reason for a lot of the things that Muslims do.”

- A. Nelms, freshman religion major

Islamic Center of OKC

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Service-Learning at OCU Since Fall 2002

Faculty who taught:

  • 2 or more S-L courses 30
  • taught 4 or more: 8
  • taught 10 or more: 5