Why service-learning at Clemson University?Clemson University was founded with a mission to be a “high seminary of learning” dedicated to teaching, research and service. Nearly 120 years later, these three concepts remain at the heart of the University and provide the framework for an exceptional and integrated learning experience for many Clemson students. In the University's mission statement, it states:
“In all areas, the goal is to develop students' communication and critical-thinking skills, ethical judgment, global awareness, and scientific and technological knowledge. Students remain the primary focus of the University.”With this in mind, Clemson University seeks to foster and promote pedagogical tools such as service learning that have demonstrated the capacity to enhance student communication and problem-solving skills as well as increase their awareness of the world and communities in which we live. Clemson's includes student engagement and service-learning in its' 2020 plan, with a strategy to double the number of students participating in service-learning, creative inquiry and study abroad.