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About the Office of Community-Based Learning and Research


Mission

The Office of Community-Based Learning and Research (CBLR) holds as its mission the advancement of mutually beneficial relationships between the university and the extra-campus community through community-based learning and research for the purposes of education and growth among all involved parties.  CBLR supports the University of Washington Bothell in its mission to be a "transformational learning community," and to "serve as a catalyst to enhance quality of life throughout our region" while fostering a "dynamic community of multicultural learning." 

CBLR Definition:

A credit-bearing educational experience in which students participate in an organized activity (direct service, research, creative process, advocacy, consulting) in collaboration with a community entity (organization, industry, business, K-12 schools, local government) for the purpose of mutual beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.
 - adapted from Bringle and Hatcher (1996) & the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

The Office of CBLR is physically located within the Student Success Center and structurally reports to the Office of Academic Affairs.

The Office of Community Based Learning and Research fulfills three key goals:

  1. Provide high impact learning experiences that prepare students for effective citizenship and careers in the 21st century global economy.
  2. Contribute to ongoing regional and statewide efforts to promote economic development, livable communities, social inclusion, creative governance, and civic participation.
  3. Serve as a creative means for faculty to connect their teaching and research to recognized community issues.
     

2014-2015 CBLR Annual Report
 

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