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Office of Service Learning & Continuing Education

Office of Service Learning & Continuing Education

Pathway to Engage in Service-Learning at GSU


Undergraduate Students at GSU are Required to Complete
160 hours of Service-Learning

 Academic Service-Learning

Community Service-Learning

  • Eighty (80) hours of academic service-learning through “pure” service-learning activities (Enroll in approved service-learning courses). 
  • Eighty (80) hours of approved civic engagement activities or community service projects.


What is Academic Service-Learning?

  • Academic Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.  Also known as “pure” service-learning.

What is Community Service-Learning?

  • Community Service-Learning is services volunteered by individuals or an organization to benefit a community or its institutions.


  • Enroll in designated academic service-learning courses:

 -  English 101/102
 -  First Year Experience 101/102
 -  FYE for Education Majors I/II
 -  History 101/104
 -  Mathematics 147/148
 -  Social Science 101
 -  All Honors College Courses
 -  Other courses per request.

  • Engage in community service projects on campus/off campus.


  • Participate in local charitable events in your hometown.


  • Instructors are required to submit the course syllabus and the service-learning course designation form to Office of Continuing Education and Service-Learning (CESL) each semester to ensure that projects fit the cycle of service-learning.
  • All projects and courses must be approved by the Office of CESL prior to the beginning of the project in order to qualify.



  • On-campus organizations who are organizing community service-learning projects are required to submit the Community Service-Learning Prior Approval Form to the Office of CESL for students to earn service-learning credits.

Track the service-learning hours for students:
Contact the Office of CESL located in Jacob T. Stewart, Room 222





The President's Higher Education Community Service SealGrambling State University is a 2009 recipient of The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction in the area of service-learning and community service, as a result of the hard work and dedication of the students, faculty, and staff. Grambling State University is one of 2 universities in Louisiana that received this honor. The other university is Tulane in New Orleans. Grambling State University also received Honor Roll recognition in 2011.



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Congratulations!!! GSU Faculty Members

 Exemplary Academic Service-Learning Projects presented at the 7th Annual ULS Academic Summit, University of New Orleans

Dr Martin Ayim
Microteaching Health Topics at Grambling Lincoln Preparatory Academy, Middle School
Dr. Martin Ayim, Teia Smith, Lxandra Mason, Adrienne Williams, Rebekah McCarthy (Student Leaders)
Ms. Catherine Bonner
Documenting our Stories – Documenting our Lives
Ms. Catherine Bonner
Dr. Augustine Dzathor
Re-engineering the Operations Management of a Real Live Local Small Business
Dr. Augustine Dzathor
Dr. Mary Ghongkedze
The Elderly in our Community
Dr. Mary Ghongkedze
Dr. A.K. Nur-Hassan
Implementation of a Multicultural Day Project- Celebration of Cultures
Dr. A.K. Nur-Hassan, Dr. Mary Ghongkedze – Assistant Professor
Ms. Evelyn Jenkins  Cassandria Peoples
Isle of Beauty Restoration, Le’ve’ Dominica
Ms. Evelyn Jenkins, Cassandria Peoples – Assistant Professor
Dr. Hung-Tat Tony Leung
Promoting awareness of Human Genetic Diseases to students
Dr. Hung-Tat Tony Leung
Mr Printess Smiley     Dr. Ellen D. Smiley      Dr. Rory L. Bedford
Using Movies and Games to Developing Leadership Skills
Prentiss Smiley (Student Leader)
Dr. Ellen D. Smiley – Dean of Earl Lester Cole Honors College,
Dr. Rory L. Bedford – Director of Continuing Education and Service-Learning
The above mentioned faculty members’ projects have been deemed exemplary and presented at the University of Louisiana System Academic Summit. Projects were peer reviewed by faculty and staff from 8 other institutions.