Community-Based Learning & Research
A community-based learning and research (CBLR) course is 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.
Visit the student resources page to view CBLR courses and projects, register for EXPO, discover volunteer opportunities, scholarships, and post graduate services.
The success of community-based learning relies on the fit between a course's academic goals, community-based opportunities, and thoughtful integration of community-based learning with course content. Read the steps in planning a CBLR course by visiting the faculty resources page.
Community-based learning (also known as service-learning) describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities for the reciprocal exchange of knowledge and resources. To get involved, visit the partner resources page.