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Shepherd University is a West Virginia institution of higher education which offers both bachelors and masters degree programs. The university, which was founded in 1871, initially focused on teacher training but eventually became known for its liberal arts curriculum. The university currently offers degrees in the liberal arts, teacher education, nursing, business administration, the social sciences, and the natural sciences and mathematics. Shepherd draws many students from the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. We have a fairly high percentage (28.7%) of non-traditional students, and many of our students are first generation college students. We are also serving an increasingly diverse population of students.
Shepherd University is seeking a VISTA member to assist the Office of Student Community Services and Service Learning in expanding the use of service-learning across the curriculum. There are faculty members in various departments across the university who use service-learning. Our goal is that every department across the university will eventually include a service-learning component so that every graduate from Shepherd University will have a service-learning experience. These experiences will benefit the students of Shepherd while also addressing important poverty related issues in the community.
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