About the Office of Community-Based Learning & Research
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."
Community-Based Learning & Research 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
Our key goals
- Provide high impact learning experiences that prepare students for effective citizenship and careers in the 21st century global economy.
- Contribute to ongoing regional and statewide efforts to promote economic development, livable communities, social inclusion, creative governance, and civic participation.
- Serve as a creative means for faculty to connect their teaching and research to recognized community issues.