Director: Tammi M. Hellwig
Community-Based Learning (CBL) is an educational approach that integrates learning and mentorship with community engagement through reciprocal community partnerships and critical reflection. CBL aims to benefit students, community partners, and the greater good. CBL can range from site-based and project-based opportunities, to community-based research and community-partnered seminars.
While CBL typically occurs within a credit-bearing course and is supported by the Office of Community-Based Learning, it can also take place within similar non-credit-bearing structured learning activities and opportunities across campus.
In community-based learning courses, students will do all of the following:
- analyze the mission, structure, and work of community partners in addressing the public good, and
- collaborate effectively and respectfully with community-based learning partners, faculty, students, and/or other stakeholders to meet community-defined aspirations and interests, and
- integrate classroom learning experiences with community learning experiences.
ln each community-based learning course, students will do one of the following:
- articulate how community-based learning contributes to the evolution of their personal, professional, academic, and/or civic identities, or
- Identify and critically examine perspectives and experiences different from their own in order to understand the interrelationships between and among multiple perspectives (e.g., race, gender, socioeconomic status, disciplinary background) as well as the role of the university in the community.
Community-Based Learning Courses
Community-Based Learning courses are as follows: