About Community Based Learning (CBL)

cbl  The Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership is founded
  on the principle that civic engagement and Community Based
  Learning (CBL) empower students to connect their academic
  work to their wider interests. Participation in CBL provides
  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.”

Benefits of Community Based Learning

    For Students

  • Enrich the understanding of classroom material
  • Increase the 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

Faculty and students at the College work toward these goals within a wide range of CBL course offerings offered by faculty and departments across campus.

 

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