Northwestern State University is a responsive, student-oriented institution that is committed to the creation, dissemination, and acquisition of knowledge through teaching, research, and service. The Office of Service-Learning operates in accordance with one of the University's primary goals: "To promote economic development, community service, and an improved quality of life in the region". The Office promotes student learning and development by facilitating service-learning projects in which students solve 'real-life' problems by applying theory and skills learned in the classroom. The Office serves as a point of contact where the community and university can join together to identify needs and share resources. The director chairs the University of Louisiana System Council on Service-Learning and works closely with faculty, staff, and community to share information about resources, projects, and professional development opportunities.