Service-learning is an instructional method used by an ever increasing number of schools in the academic community. This paper describes surveys of community partners found on the websites of Campus Compact members and analyzes the content of these surveys. Eight themes emerged that embody the online community partner assessment surveys for service-learning courses: Agency Voice, Agency Resources, Students’ Work Skills, Students’ Service Skills, Agency Benefit, Communication and Coordination with University Service-Learning, Sustainability of Partnership, and Satisfaction with the Service-Learning Experience. The theme of Community-University Partnership established in extant literature was absent from the online surveys, so this theme was added to the survey themes. In addition, a critical analysis of current community partner assessment practices is offered with suggestions for improvement.
Waters, S. E., & Brigden, J. J. (2013). Assessing the Community Partner in Academic Service-Learning: A Strategy for Capacity-Building. PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement, 2 (2). Retrieved from http://encompass.eku.edu/prism/vol2/iss2/1