Partnering with Loyola's service learning program can bring substantial benefits to your agency, including strengthening and expanding services and programs and building capacity for positive social change. However, a partnership also requires a significant investment of time and energy. It's important to understand this commitment beforehand and decide whether your agency has the capacity to make this investment.

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Loyola expects all partner agencies to:

  • communicate with Loyola students, staff and faculty in a timely and responsive manner throughout the life of the partnership;
  • provide Loyola with the information it needs in order to facilitate service learning activities effectively;
  • carefully read and review all communications from Loyola in a timely fashion;
  • notify Loyola in a timely fashion about changes to program locations or offerings, turnover among key staff, funding interruptions, or other programmatically significant matters;
  • cooperate fully with regular partnership assessment;
  • provide regular feedback to Loyola staff, faculty and students;
  • ensure that preservice requirements such as background checks are completed in a timely and efficient manner;
  • allow and arrange for site visits and program observations as necessary to ensure quality partnerships;
  • provide sufficient orientation and training for all service learning students;
  • monitor and supervise placement and project work as necessary; and
  • evaluate students and outcomes in writing and/or in person.