Committee on Academic Service-Learning Charge


The overall aim of the Committee on Academic Service-Learning is to build a culture of support for the infusion of Academic Service-Learning (ASL) that engages the campus and community in the academic and civic education of all CMU students. This committee provides the needed structure and continuity to support appropriate Service-Learning practices at CMU. This support would take place via a visible, accessible CMU body composed of representatives from across campus that would be charged primarily with educational, coordination, and data collection efforts with their respective constituents in relation to Service-Learning activities.


CASL will focus on the CMU goals of:
  • Teaching Excellence 
  • Student Success
  • Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity 
  • Partnership & Public Engagement


The Committee on Academic Service-Learning (CASL) will be a standing committee of the Academic Senate and serve as an action-oriented body specifically charged to:

  1. Align campus use of ACADEMIC SERVICE-LEARNING to the mission of the university.

  2. Increase awareness and build support of ACADEMIC SERVICE-LEARNING as a pedagogy that effectively meets or exceeds expected learning outcomes.

  3. Help facilitate the set-up of ACADEMIC SERVICE-LEARNING agreements and define relationships between CMU and community entities that are acceptable to all parties.

  4. Seek collaboration and facilitate partnerships across campus that help to connect faculty and CMU courses to relevant issues/needs within the community.

  5. Help promote workshops, presentations, and assessment strategies for new and veteran faculty designed to increase and improve the use of ACADEMIC SERVICE-LEARNING as pedagogy.

  6. Stimulate research and creative activity in the area of ACADEMIC SERVICE-LEARNING and Scholarly Engagement.

  7. Act as mentors/facilitators to other faculty involved with or interested in the use of ACADEMIC SERVICE-LEARNING.

  8. Seek, prepare, review, or distribute resources related to ACADEMIC  SERVICE-LEARNING.

  9. Coordinate programming efforts with the CMU Volunteer Center.

  10. Collaborate with the Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and faculty across campus in:
    • Decisions involving the allocation of any Service-Learning resources;
    • ACADEMIC SERVICE-LEARNING Awards-solicitation of nominations, review of applications, and selection of annual award winner;
    • Facilitating systematic collection of data about ACADEMIC SERVICE-LEARNING activities;
    • Other relevant ACADEMIC SERVICE-LEARNING activities.


Membership shall consist of 16 members (2 ex officio), including 7 faculty members (1 per college), serving three (3) year terms chosen in accordance with Senate Procedures for the Selection of Committee Personnel.

College of Business Administration (1) 
College of Communication and Fine Arts (1) 
College of Education and Human Services (1)
College of Humanities and Social & Behavioral Sciences (1) 
College of Health Professions (1)
College of Science and Engineering (1) 
College of Graduate Studies (1)
CMU Volunteer Center (1) 
FYE (1)
Risk Management (1)
Students (2), serving a one year term
Community Representatives (2), serving a one year term
Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, ex officio and non-voting
Campus Service-Learning Coordinator, ex officio and non-voting

Academic Senate Policy on Standing Committee Attendance: If a member misses three consecutive meetings (excused or unexcused) of any senate standing committee to which that person has been appointed, that member shall be dismissed from the committee and replaced.

A chairperson and vice-chairperson shall be elected for a one-year term by the voting members of the committee.

For additional information on Service-Learning please visit the Michigan State University Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement or Learn and Serve America.

Created by Academic Senate: 9/21/10