S-L can be institutionalized in two ways: top down and bottom up. In reality, elements of both approaches are often mixed. Institutionalization through a ‘bottom up’ approach proceeds through individual faculty starting to use the method. A need for synergy and common structures and policy is then noticed, and institutionalization and policy are then developed to university (and/or society) wide programs or policies.
This document provides guidelines for institutionalization of service-learning based on research and models of institutionalization of this methodology. The guidelines have been developed in the Europe Engage project in collaboration with the partnering universities