The Eden Alternative as a Roadway for Change: A Service Learning Quality Improvement Project


  • Susan A. Chesteen


This paper presents a case study of a service-learning project and its results. Honors Program students in an undergraduate quality management course conducted the project. The project required the use of various skills taught in the business curricula in the setting of a skilled care facility. Students assisted the facility with its efforts to implement the “Eden Alternative”. In this project students were required to use the fundamental elements of service learning: planning, experience, and reflection. Some of the aspects of the project that enhanced learning and promoted commitment to community service are discussed.