The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has named Our Lady of the Lake College to an elite list of 2 - 4 year public/private colleges designated with the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification. This classification recognizes the College’s significant commitment to Service-Learning and community engagement throughout Louisiana.
“This designation is a momentous achievement, putting us into a select group of 311 higher education institutions in the United States recognized for their students’ engaged service in the community,” reported President Sandra Harper in her announcement to the College Board of Trustees. “It recognizes our years of hard work and dedication to serving others . . . a fundamental characteristic of the OLOL College community and the core of our Mission.”
Service-Learning--a teaching pedagogy that integrates meaningful community service with classroom instruction and personal reflection--has been used successfully at the College in both liberal arts and clinically-based classrooms to enhance course objectives and improve learning and engagement in students. Recent student survey results show that OLOL College students report higher than national average levels of engagement in 1) developing a personal code of values and ethics; 2) contributing to the welfare of their community; and 3) participating in activities to enhance their spirituality.
According to Dr. Rhoda Reddix, Service-Learning Coordinator for Our Lady of the Lake College, “Our faculty and Community Partners work collaboratively to meet course objectives and frame service opportunities to both challenge the students and help them develop an increased awareness of their civic responsibilities.”