Each group involved may have unique cultures, styles, backgrounds. University, K-12
schools, Community Partners, Students, Clients served all bring a different set of
experiences and expectations and each is important to consider and balance with the
There are unique and sometimes conflicting schedules: University (Semester), Partners
(Year), Student Schedules
Preferred forms of communication may cause a challenge. The most efficient method
of communication for a faculty member may not be the best form of communication for
a community partner. For example, not everyone regularly use e-mail.
Are there different rules and norms on-campus, in your class and/or at the student's
service site? Carefully consider issues like confidentiality, expectations, policies,
Where is the power and control held? Is leadership shared between the faculty member,
community partner and even the student? Are credit and recognition shared? For example,
if a professor writes a paper on their service-learning experience, is the community
partner cited as a contributor?