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Community-Based Learning

Community-based learning is much more than substituting an "experience assignment" for a more traditional assignment. CBL courses fully integrate classroom and community elements. Faculty design projects to respond to community-identified needs, and the community partners often become co-educators. Students in CBL classes also act as co-educators rather than passive recipients, engaging in the community, reflecting on experiences, and adding their insights to the educational content of the course.

Faculty find community partners in many ways. We invite community organizations to consider how they might connect with our community-based learning program. Contact Terry Dolson for more information.

Questions about CBL?

Contact Terry Dolson, Associate Director, community-engaged learning, with questions about courses, fellowships, and research opportunities.

Contact Cody Fleeger, Program Manager, with questions about course support grants or transportation for class trips.

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