The Office of Citizenship & Service-Learning (CASL) serves both the community and the university for the benefit of both the academic endeavors of the university and the service goals of the community’s agencies. CASL seeks to enhance experiential learning that results in engaged citizenship and improved academic learning that benefits our democracy.


The CASL office continues to experience growth in number of students engaged in service-learning over the 2017-2018 academic year, in the development of new and sustainable community partnerships, and in the number of service-learning courses.

  • Service-Learning Students: 5,005
  • Total Service-Learning Hours Provided to Community: 82,063
  • Value of Service to Community @ $23.21/hour: $1,904,682
  • Number of Service-Learning Courses: 637
    • Integrated and Designate/ Component Courses
  • MSU Faculty/Staff Offering/Teaching Service-Learning Courses: 267
    • Integrated and Designate/Component Courses
  • Overall Retention Rates Semester-to-Semester: 92%

The following graph illustrates the increase in the number of students completing service-learning courses since the 2012-2013 academic year. Of the 4,723 students who completed academic service-learning courses, 1,012 of those students enrolled in and completed more than one academic service-learning course during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Graph illustrating the growth of service-learning since 2012.

Of the 5,005 students completing academic service-learning courses during the 2017-2018 academic year, 585 students enrolled in more than one service-learning course. Of the unduplicated count of 4,420 students, 855 graduated. Of the remaining 3,565 students, 3,268 students re-enrolled in MSU courses the following semester. This represents an overall semester-to-semester retention rate of 92% for students who completed academic service-learning courses.

Springfield community "Red Flag" issues

Missouri State University Service-Learning students continue to work addressing problems and issues in our communities through a variety of signature projects. This year the Citizenship and Service-Learning Office added three new signature partner programs while continuing another year with our ongoing signature projects. Those partner programs included the Nixa Alternative Court Project, the Women’s Medical Respite Program, and Springfield Welcome Home.

Visit our Featured Initiatives page for more info about the good our students do around town.