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This packet provides information on New Century College, a program within George Mason University (Virginia) based on an integrated integration model of interdisciplinary course work, experiential learning, and service learning within learning communities. The program is organized into three "divisions" and requires 12 hours of experiential service learning. Student evaluation in the program is via student portfolios which contain results of observations of students' work and evidence of both the products and processes of learning and through group self-evaluation. Introductory material defines "service learning," and describes four models for integrating service leaning into learning communities/courses: (1) the add-on model, (2) the linked model, (3) the variable credit model, and (4) the total integration model. Additionally, prior to graduation, all students submit a "presentation" portfolio that represents their best work and development. Sample vignettes show student learning narratives as they reflect on their service learning experiences. Additional material in the packet includes the agreement between the service learning site supervisor, the university, and the student; a program description aimed at potential students; and a listing of courses organized around each course's reflective goals and reflective models. (JLS)

Descriptors: Career Education, Cooperative Programs, Experiential Learning, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Portfolio Assessment, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, School Community Relationship, Service Learning, Student Development, Student Participation, Team Teaching

Author: Oates, Karen K.


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