Course Guide - Service Groups

Listed below is the criteria used for classes returned in Course Guide when you select either Service Learning or First Year High Impact Practice Classes.

Service Learning:

A credit-bearing educational experience that integrates meaningful community service with guided reflection to enhance students´ understanding of course content as well as their sense of civic responsibility while strengthening communities.

There are two main categories: The policy regarding the designation of courses as: Service Learning: 25 hours or more, or "project-based" is from the Morgridge Center for Public Service.

Direct Service − The student provides a service to a community organization on a regular basis; i.e. tutoring in an after-school program once a week for 2 hours, or a minimum of 25 hours during the course of the semester. The Morgridge Center for Public Service (and other academic service-learning centers at peer institutions) considers this a minimum standard for hours of service.

Project-based − Academically-based project with a clear documentable goal is determined in collaboration with community, and completion of goal determines amount of time commitment.

High Impact Practices Classes:

  • Are designed specifically for first-year undergraduate students, to support their transition to UW-Madison
  • Course enrolls fewer than 25 students or a significant portion of the course meets in groups of fewer than 25 students.
  • Students are put in circumstances that essentially demand they interact with faculty and peers about substantive matters
  • Students will experience diversity through contact with people who are different from themselves
  • Students get frequent feedback on their performance
  • Students have opportunities to integrate, synthesize and apply knowledge while exploring big questions and big ideas
  • Students experience an integration of in and out of classroom learning
  • The learning objectives for the course are aligned with the UW-Madison Essential Learning Outcomes ( and the Center for the First-Year Experience First Year Goals (

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