The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has named Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, formerly Our Lady of the Lake College to an elite list of 2 - 4 year public/private colleges designated with the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification. This classification recognizes the University’s significant commitment to Service-Learning and community engagement throughout Louisiana.
“This designation is a momentous achievement, putting us into a select group of 311 higher education institutions in the United States recognized for their students’ engaged service in the community,” stated the President's report to the University Board of Trustees. “It recognizes our years of hard work and dedication to serving others . . . a fundamental characteristic of the Franciscan University community and the core of our Mission.”
Service-Learning--a teaching pedagogy that integrates meaningful community service with classroom instruction and personal reflection--has been used successfully at the University in both liberal arts and clinically-based classrooms to enhance course objectives and improve learning and engagement in students. Recent student survey results show that Franciscan University students report higher than national average levels of engagement in 1) developing a personal code of values and ethics; 2) contributing to the welfare of their community; and 3) participating in activities to enhance their spirituality.
According to Dr. Rhoda Reddix, Service-Learning Coordinator for Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, “Our faculty and community partners work collaboratively to meet course objectives and frame service opportunities to both challenge students and help them develop an increased awareness of their civic responsibilities.”