in Collaboration, Frameworks and Data, Higher Education

Service-Learning Quality Assessment Tool (SLQAT)

GivePulse is honored to be supporting the team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and the University of Georgia developing a standardised assessment tool designed to provide a quantitative measure of quality for credit-bearing service-learning courses. The team has been hard at work for the past five years, as part of a U.S. Department of Education-funded national project, focused on investigating the impacts of community engagement on higher education student’s educational success. 

The Service-Learning Quality Assessment Tool (SLQAT) incorporates a set of 28 service-learning practices that research studies have found essential for promoting positive student outcomes.  The tool takes into account these elements to establish a composite numerical score that indicates the “quality” of service-learning courses.

The research team has shared preliminary versions of this measurement tool with scholars and practitioners at conferences and workshops across the globe for input and feedback.  They are now inviting you to join in the second phase of the research focused on assessing the reliability and validity of the tool.  They are specifically looking for service-learning scholars, practitioners, and supporters to assign relative weights to each of the instrument’s 28 elements by completing a survey in which you will assign each element a score, based on what you believe its level of influence is on student learning outcomes. The survey will take about 20 minutes to complete.

Complete the SLQAT Instrument Weights Survey here: