Augusta University has a variety of experiential and service-learning programs that allow students to immerse themselves in community engaged scholarship and service. Learning by doing good is a key aspect of an Augusta University education.
Service to our global community is an essential component of the nursing education experience. Through exciting community partnerships, our faculty members lead and facilitate initiatives that address today's health challenges and concerns. Our students also have opportunities to engage in this important work and lead their own projects through targeted courses and programs. Annually, our students contribute more than 200 hours of service to improve health and promote the wellness of our citizens.
The Center for Innovation and Community Engagement (CICE) is an educational research center housed within the Augusta University College of Education. The central focus of the center is to support K-12 education in our community through viable research studies in order to better serve high minority, rural population of East Central Georgia. While the Center will work with all innovative initiatives, the four tenants of the Center are: supporting literacy, creating a hub for STEAM, providing educator training, and conducting and implementing educational research in order to serve student growth and other projects that effect the pre k-12 system.
We strongly encourage our medical students to give back to the local community. As part of the mission to guide you in becoming empathetic, culturally-competent physicians who are active members of your community, MCG has implemented a requirement of 10 hours of service learning per semester. Students can get involved in one of the student-run free clinics, join specific student organizations, participate in initiatives in the Harrisburg community, or join faculty and researchers on grant-funded community outreach.
The Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University partners with the Georgia Statewide AHEC (Area Health Education Center) Network for the development, coordination and maintenance of many off campus, community based education sites. Community based training gives students a unique opportunity to experience health care in a real world setting and interact one-on-one with community based preceptors and patients.
Hull College’s media planning and design class in partnership with a local marketing firm, are tasked with responding to a request for proposal (RFP) benefitting a local non-profit organization each semester. In their proposal, students develop a media plan, marketing materials and other deliverables intended to increase the organization’s brand awareness and drive fundraising. The course culminates in a capstone project for a real client and the organization gets the benefit of fresh new branding and materials.
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program has strong commitments to bettering its local community and facilitating its students and resources as assets for local businesses, government, and non-profits. Part of how the MPA program achieves this goal is through our Town and Gown efforts, including but not limited to: community collaborative class projects, events held every semester for the community, and applied research projects for community partners.
Students in the College of Allied Health Sciences’ Occupational Therapy program are engaged in a variety of community based learning partnerships that allow them to learn through service. From special needs dance clinics to working with special needs children during summer camps, our students get hands-on experience through serving others.
During this study abroad program students learn about the outdoors while hiking, camping, and whitewater rafting in the "wild and wonderful" state of West Virginia. Students will also complete a service learning project at a Habitat for Humanity build site in the Appalachian Mountains.
Students at the Dental College of GA work with a variety of local and national partners to serve under-served populations and promote oral hygiene and health. These efforts also give them invaluable patient experience that strengthens their patient care skills and abilities.