Student Focused Community Engagement: The SBI Program as a Bridge into the Community

Ron Cook, Diane K. Campbell, Amber Kopp


This paper discusses the importance of community engagement to universities.  High level student-focused community engagement can be considered a type of service-learning, which is one method of experiential learning.  It is believed that the student team consulting model is better structured and offers an improved learning experience for these activities than most service-learning projects.  Research is examined from experiential learning and service-learning, and there is support for this argument.  The paper concludes by discussing the Small Business Institute® model (SBI) of student team consulting and how the national Small Business Institute® Association can help schools and faculty use the SBI model to create more rewarding community engagement

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