History and Background
The U of A Faculty of Arts CSL Program began as a pilot project in Autumn 2003, building on the existing service-learning activities in departments such as Drama, Psychology, and Pharmacy. The pilot project created a network of interest and support and a unique partnership with the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
In the first year, the pilot program involved three sociology courses, eight community organizations, and 40 students. By 2012, the CSL Program was facilitating partnerships for more than sixty courses and one hundred and fifty community partners that provided community-based opportunities for over 900 students.
In December 2004 the University of Alberta submitted a proposal to The J. W. McConnell Family Foundation
detailing a comprehensive five-year plan for expanding the Community Service-Learning Program. The proposal was successful.
With the continuing support of the Faculty of Arts and the University of Alberta, the second phase of the CSL Program is well underway. Current activities are centered in the Faculty of Arts but include courses in six other Faculties.
In 2007, the Augustana Campus began to develop extensive CSL activities as part of the Learning and Beyond