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The rapid rise of service learning

Heather A. Davis

Penn Current

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The civic ideal that universities should prepare students to make a difference in the world is actually an old concept, and is integrated with the founding of Penn. “[The University] was the first higher education institution dedicated to service in a secular-focused way,” says co-author Ira Harkavy, founding director and associate vice president of Penn’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships. “This work is at the very center of not just Penn’s historical founding, but the founding of colonial colleges, land-grant institutions and urban research universities.”

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