Sample Partnership Process
The OSL will work with you to create a partnership process that is suitable to your needs. For your information, here is a general process that has been used in the past. This process is used to initiate multiple sites for one class. Classes can also choose to work with only one agency at a time.
- Start a dialogue with the OSL by making an appointment with Program Assistant Dan Getkin.
- Bring with you to the meeting a copy of your course syllabus or general learning goals for the students.
- During the discussion, the OSL staff and faculty person will determine the possible community partner options that are appropriate for the course learning goals and content.
- The OSL staff will initiate contact with a range of community agencies to describe the desired student learning experience, to learn about how students might meet agency needs, and to determine if the agency is interested in partnering.
- Once the list of agencies is identified and confirmed, the OSL staff will put the faculty person in contact with the agencies.
- During the second week of class (to accommodate the add/drop period), partners are invited to the classroom to describe their service opportunities.
- Faculty give students a period of time to choose their preferred site from among the list of community partners and then administer a sign-up process.
- The faculty member will confirm with students the community site at which they will be working and coordinate the exchange of contact information between students and community agencies.