At Western Kentucky University, the ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships provides opportunities for public scholarship by facilitating service-learning and community-based research. The Center's staff offers programs and resources to improve the quality of the service-learning or research experience.
At WKU curricular service-learning is a course-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets a community need and reflect on their service activity as a means of gaining a deeper understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, an enhanced sense of social responsibility and/or a greater interest in an understanding of community life.
The ALIVE Center is available to assist with service-learning efforts on campus and in the community by:
(1) Scheduling one-to-one meetings to assist with coordinating service-learning projects in a classroom or organizational setting.
(2) Speaking to classes or organizations.
(3) Connecting service-learning project ideas with appropriate campus or community partners.
(4) Facilitating $100 Solution service-learning project applications
If you need further information or assistance, please contact Lauren Cunningham, Community Engagement Coordinator, at 270-782-0966 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community-based Research at WKU
The WKU ALIVE CCP supports community-based research at WKU through our Community Partnership Funds. Key features of these applied research projects include efforts to:
(1) build upon community strengths, to identify community assets and to empower community members as a byproduct of the research process,
(2) focus, generally, on meeting information and analytical needs of society's most economically, politically, and socially marginalized groups and communities,
(3) actively involve local residents as co-investigators on an equal basis with university-trained scholars (and students) in each step of the research,
(4) promote social learning processes, and
(5) disseminate results and findings in multiple ways, for example, through academic journals, popular press, community meetings, foundation reports and publications, university and community forums.