Mission & Goals


The Center for Service and Learning engages students, faculty, staff, and community members in educationally meaningful service to promote learning and development; advances best practices and research; achieves community goals through partnerships; and furthers the civic engagement mission of IUPUI.


To transform universities and communities through educationally meaningful service.


  1. Community Partnership Development: CSL achieves community goals through partnerships. Developing and supporting relationships with community partners is essential to fulfilling CSL’s mission.
  2. Faculty and Staff Development: CSL collaborates with others on campus. Working with faculty and staff to achieve shared goals is critical to supporting learning and sustaining community partnerships.
  3. Student Learning and Development: CSL supports student learning and development. Designing educationally meaningful service experiences is an effective way to develop civic-minded graduates.
  4. Civic Engagement in Higher Education: CSL furthers IUPUI’s civic engagement mission. Advancing the public purposes of higher education is important locally, nationally, and internationally.
  5. Assessment, Research, and Scholarship: As an IUPUI Signature Center, CSL advances best practices and research. Assessing learning outcomes and conducting research is essential to improved practice.
  6. Communication and Marketing: CSL engages others in educationally meaningful service. Recognizing the contributions of others is valuable to sustaining service as a distinctive aspect of campus culture.
  7. Organizational Effectiveness, Sustainability, and Accountability: CSL makes wise use of human and fiscal resources. Cultivating internal capacity is vital to sustaining programs and creating new initiatives.