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Rockford University has a long and proud tradition of community service. When Rockford graduate Jane Addams established Hull-House in Chicago in 1889, she also established a lasting legacy of service to the public. Today, students at Rockford University continue to use skills learned in the classroom to make their neighborhood, their community, and their world a better place - to change their world.

Community-based learning (sometimes called service-learning) links the classroom to the community in an experiential learning process. In community-based learning, the professor, the students and the community agency learn collaboratively while helping the Rockford community.

Founded at Rockford University in the early 1990s, our community-based learning program is based on the conviction that Rockford University is a citizen of the community and that the community has a stake in Rockford University, as well. The work that the students perform serves the dual function of providing a defined need for the community while also fulfilling a specific learning objective determined by the professor.

Rockford University is a member of Campus Compact, a national coalition of universities dedicated to the promotion of community service.

View the official Web site for the National Campus Compact at
Learn more about the Illinois Campus Compact at

Questions or concerns should be directed to:

Mary Weaks-Baxter, Ph.D.
Phone: 815.226.4079

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