IUPUI has emphasized civic engagement and service for the Indianapolis community, with particular attention toward educationally meaningful service, for decades. Documentation of this campuswide value dates back to the 1980s. Campus development plans from 1988 identified IUPUI’s unique position as the only public college or university in the state’s urban center and capital, and the plans explained the focus of service in IUPUI’s mission.
Today, the Center for Service and Learning (CSL) serves as the main link between IUPUI community members and service-related opportunities. The university’s strong commitment to civic engagement is evidenced across the campus and includes supporting faculty in scholarly work related to civic engagement, promoting educational practices that prepare graduates for facing issues in their communities, developing programs that emphasize civic engagement, and assessing the effects of these efforts on student learning and engagement.