There are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about CPS, service-learning and the public service graduation requirement.
Service must be completed within an academic context. Academic credit must be assigned for students to complete the graduation requirement. This can be through s-l courses, internships, independent studies, study abroad, honors thesis, etc., but academic department must be giving credit to that service experience.
The graduation requirement is not hours based. Certain service learning courses may require a 40-hour commitment, but the second tier of the requirement can be fulfilled with a service learning course that only requires 20 hours. For example, a student can complete the graduation requirement by completing a 20-hour 100-level course and a 20-hour 400-level course.
All service learning courses are vetted prior to the semester by both the CPS Curriculum Committee as well as the Newcomb Tulane College -Curriculum Committee. Professors must submit their course prior to the semester beginning to have it reviewed for public service credit. This is not a process that students can initiate.
Likewise, the approved activities for service-learning course have been selected by faculty so that the service complements the in-class teaching. These activities have been vetted by the same committees and approved for use in that course. Therefore, students cannot create new service activities for existing service learning courses.
CPS staff cannot approve s-l activities, courses, internships, study abroad credit, independent study, honors theses, etc. We have faculty committees that must review and approve everything before submitting to Newcomb Tulane College for final approval.
Service learning requires concurrent enrollment in both the academic course and the service learning component. As reflection is a major attribute of s-l, it is imperative that students are learning and serving at the same time.
CPS may coordinate some groups service learning trips, but students are required to schedule their individual rides.
Traditional service learning courses can be completed within any department. Public service internships, independent studies, and honors theses may need to be completed within the student's major or minor department as many departments will not sponsor these sorts of activities for non-majors.
CPS does not determine capstone courses. In certain cases, internships, s-l course, etc. may complete the capstone requirement, but this is determined by the academic department, not CPS. Students should check with the department if they have any questions.