Community Based Learning

Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 12.23.54 PM.pngThe Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership is founded on the principle that civic engagement and Community Based Learning (CBL) empower students to connect their students with the problem-solving tools and confidence needed to generate positive change in their communities. As defined by Janet Eyler and Dwight E. Giles (1999), CBL provides

…a form of experiential education where learning occurs through a cycle of action and reflection as students. [This model] seek[s] to achieve real objectives for the community and deeper understanding and skills for themselves. In the process, students link personal and social development with academic and cognitive development. [Such] experience enhances understanding; understanding leads to more effective action.”

For students:

  • Enrich the understanding of classroom material
  • Increase awareness of important social problems or issues
  • Develop essential skills (e.g. critical thinking, problem solving) for academic work and professional life

For faculty:

  • Develop new ways to generate higher-quality student learning
  • Cultivate new avenues for research and publication via new relationships with community partners
  • Network with engaged faculty in other disciplines or institutions

For community partners:

  • Achieve organizational goals by tapping into valuable human resources
  • Increase the collective impact made in addressing critical social problems
  • Build partnerships with new stakeholders and attract new volunteers