Strengthening German Programs through Community Engagement and Partnerships with Saturday Morning Schools

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German university programs can increase enrollments and diversify their curricula through academic community partnerships with surrounding schools. This article informs about two community-supported initiatives between the German Studies Program at Santa Clara University and the South Bay Deutscher Schulverein, a Saturday Morning School in Northern California. It describes the service-learning components of a German Honors Program and a media class and shows how their community engagement components led to an increase in the number of program majors and how both initiatives benefited both the university and the Saturday School.

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