Library 3rd Floor
Through mission and function, Florida Gulf Coast University takes pride in partnerships forged with the communities it serves. Students are central to these partnerships and are provided opportunities for community involvement through service-learning experiences which combine classroom pedagogy with community action. Service-learning experiences put abstract classroom concepts into concrete form and increase students' content knowledge and higher order thinking skills, foster civic responsibility, and develop informed citizens who participate in their communities after graduation in personally and professionally relevant ways. Service-learning facilitates an appreciation for the interconnectedness of individuals, the communities in which they live, and the resources required to sustain both.