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Historical Timeline in Canada




1999 - St. Francis Xavier University, funded by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation to expand their service-learning program: course-based and immersion

2001- first meeting of Canadian institutions of higher learning who were practicing and/or interested in service-learning to gather for a three day symposium on serice-learning; catalyst for a grassroots network of professional Canadian colleagues interested in this pedagogy

2002 – national network meets at the University of Guelph: a national listserv was established

2003 – national network meets at the University of British Columbia: formed a Steering Committee with specific goals to create a national association to promote and support CSL in Canada, especially through exploring funding opportunities

2004 – national network meets at the University of Ottawa: the Steering Committee presents draft documents regarding a name, vision, and mission for our developing association; Steering Committee members begin campaign to lobby federal agencies for support for CSL in higher education.

September 2004 – McConnell announces its National University-Based Community Service-Learning Program

November 2004 – McConnell funds the establishment of the Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning

January 2005 – McConnell announces recipients of funds through its National University-Based Community Service-Learning Program. Successful in this first funding round are St. Francis Xavier University, Universite de Quebec a Trois Rivieres, Trent University and the University of Alberta.


McConnell Foundation

In January 2005, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation launched it's National University-Based Community Service-Learning Program. They have provided funding to ten Canadian institutions to integrate CSL within their curriculum and to build strong partnerships with their local communities. The Foundation also funds the Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning.

National University-Based Community Service-Learning Program


Historical Timeline in the United States (selected dates)

Circa 1905 - William James, John Dewey developing intellectual foundations to service-based learning

1944 - The GI Bill links service and education, offering Americans educational opportunity in return for service to their country

1966-67 - "Service-learning" phrase used to describe a project in East Tennessee with Oak Ridge Associated Universities, linking students and faculty with tributary area development organizations

1969 - Atlanta Service-Learning Conference (sponsors included Southern Regional Education Board, U.S. Dept. HEW, City of Atlanta, Atlanta Urban Corps, Peace Corps, and VISTA)

1971- White House Conference on Youth report full of calls for linking service and learning. Also, the National Center for Public Service Internships was established, and the Society for Field Experience Education (these two merged in 1978 to become the National Society for Internships and Experiential Education)

Circa 1971 - National Student Volunteer Program (became the National Center for Service-Learning in 1979) established. Published Synergist, a journal promoting linking service and learning

1980s- National service efforts are launched at the grassroots level, including Campus Compact (1985): mobilizing service programs in higher education

1989 - Wingspread Principles of Good Practice in Service-Learning written-more than seventy organizations collaborate to produce the ten principles

1993 - Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development endorse the importance of linking service with learning

1997 - Fourth of July Declaration on the Civic Responsibility of Higher Education published

1997 - Wingspread Declaration Renewing the Civic Mission of the American University published

2001 - First International Conference on Service-Learning Research

National Service-Learning Clearinghouse www.servicelearning.org