Engagement is a form of intentional, experiential learning. These educational experiences fulfill the learning goals of academic courses while strengthening community assets and addressing community needs. The students reflect on their engagement activities to gain a deeper understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, improved critical thinking skills, and an enhanced sense of values and civic responsibility. The students, faculty, and/or other partners engage in ongoing assessment to foster a stewardship of place (MSU Engagement Learning Community. May 2011).
Civic Leadership is defined as "the intent...to empower others and increase participation in the life of the community and the full range of democratic processes in order to create a better future for all" (Civic Leadership Working Team, Kentucky Appalachian Commission. June 1996).
Service-Learning is a form of intentional, experiential learning that meets the following criteria: 1) Educational experiences that fulfill learning goals of academic courses; 2) Strengthening community assets and addressing genuine community needs; 3) The students reflect on their service activities to gain a deeper understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, improved critical thinking skills, and an enhanced sense of values and civic responsibility; and 4)The experience should be designed as an equal partnership between the community agency, the faculty member, and the student (MSU Service-Learning Task Force, 2006).
Volunteerism is the opportunity to engage as a community member and citizen with, and in service to, other members of the community in an effort to make the world a better place (Idealist at http://idealist.org/kt/volvoereview.html. April 2011).