The Center for America Progress has released a report calling for more opportunities for students to earn credit through service-learning. This bold proposal suggests students might earn as much as one quarter of their credits in this way (i.e. a full year of service while enrolled in college).
Under their proposal, service-learning programs should be academically rigorous and connected to students’ disciplinary learning. They claim that offering more credit-bearing service-learning opportunities would extend this uniquely transformative learning experience to larger numbers of low-income and non-traditionally aged students who are often not able to participate in extra-curricular service programs and complete their degrees on time.
"Given the importance of service learning, colleges cannot keep treating service as merely an extracurricular add-on."