Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Courses
At its most basic, CEL involves students, faculty and community partners working together to apply knowledge in authentic settings in order to address community needs while also meeting instructional objectives. CEL enhances and deepens students' understanding of an academic discipline by facilitating the integration of theory and practice. This high impact teaching method provides students with experiences that develop life skills, with opportunities to engage in critical reflection, and with the intellectual space to understand and contribute to the public purpose of their chosen major or discipline. It is a strategy, a process, an experience that involves both action and reflection.
Meets instructional learning objectives through course content, faculty-structured service, engagement, and critical reflection and is meant to prepare students to be civically responsible members of the community
Generates and applies academic knowledge in a community-based setting; student service and engagement address the needs of the community as identified through mutually beneficial collaboration with community-partners
Helps our University anchor itself in the public square by providing meaningful connections between our teaching, research, and service, and the issues our community is grappling with everyday
Course design incorporates community engagement to facilitate and/or enhance student learning
The course identifies learning outcomes that address both academic understanding and community needs identified in partnership with the community
Reflection is utilized throughout the course to enhance learning, understanding, and broader connections to society
Develop and apply the abilities needed to influence positive community change including research skills, project management, leadership, critical thinking, communication skills and/or intercultural competence
Increase their awareness of and reflect on the interconnectedness between individuals, society, and public policy
Develop habits related to ongoing community engagement
Articulate an increased sense of responsibility and commitment to the public purpose of their chosen discipline
Enhance awareness of their sense of place in and ownership of community issues, especially issues of diversity, justice, environmental sustainability, and/or equality.
Further develop professional life skills: showing up, being reliable and punctual, keeping colleagues “in the loop”, maintaining project deadlines, etc.
Community-based experiential learning, open to all majors!
Over 200 CEL designated courses at the U
Community Engaged Learning (CEL)
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CEL Certificate & Bennion Scholars
Learn how CEL designated courses (including our BENN courses) can be applied to these academic opportunities below!
Community Engagement Certificate
21 credits (minimum of 15 CEL) and a capstone project over 2 semesters
Bennion Scholars Transcript Designation
9 credits (CEL/BENN), a 100 hour capstone project, and 200 hours of community service
CEL Academic Advising
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CEL Faculty Landing Page
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