WELCOME to the EaglesConnect Web site! Our site is designed to provide information and to answer questions students, faculty and our community partners have about service-learning. Let us know how we can assist you further and, if you're nearby, we invite you to stop by our office!
Through mission and function, Florida Gulf Coast University takes pride in partnerships forged with the communities it serves. Students are central to these partnerships and are provided opportunities for community involvement through service-learning experiences which combine classroom pedagogy with communty action. Service-learning experiences put abstract classroom concepts into concrete form and increase students' content knowledge and higher order thinking skills, foster civic responsibility, and develop informed citizens who participate in their communities after graduation in personally and professionally relevant ways. Service-learning facilitates an appreciation for the interconnectedness of individuals, the communities in which they live, and the resources required to sustain both.
Service-Learning Office Location
You are always welcome to stop by the office (on the 4th floor of the Library, Room 458). If our door is open, feel free to pop in. Contact us by email ServiceLearning@fgcu.edu anytime with questions and comments. For your convenience, drop-boxes for service-learning forms are located outside our offices.
Service-Learning Agreement and Verification Form
The form to document your service hours is available online. There is no hard copy form available. Click the link to access the service-learning form.
The agency listed on the form must be nonprofit, not-for-profit or a governmental organization. Over 300 pre-approved agencies are listed in the Service-Learning Database. Click the link to find an approved nonprofit agency. Please visit our FAQ's to learn the do's and don'ts of service-learning such as how to check your hours on Gulfline, how to get approval for an agency not listed in our database, and what types of work is approved and not approved.
See more pictures from our Service-Learning Fair on our Facebook page at FGCU Service-Learning.
FGCU RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY FOR DEDICATION TO COMMUNITY PROJECTS
Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) was recognized for its dedication to community projects by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars during its annual awards luncheon on Oct. 3 in Washington, D.C. FGCU was one of six institutions to receive the Higher Education Civic Engagement Award. Honorees were chosen among 140 nominees based upon leadership in community programs and projects. Every student at FGCU must participate in 80 hours of service-based learning prior to graduation. Through the university’s EaglesConnect program, students have access to more than 300 community agencies, and in 2010 students completed 132,451 total hours of service-learning. This year, FGCU went over the 1,000,000 mark in total service-learning hours since its inception in 1997.