Community Based Learning and Research

CBLR Partners

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CBLR Partners

What is community-based learning?

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. Community-based learning opportunities are tied to academic coursework and address concerns that are identified and articulated by the community, and offer structured preparation and reflection opportunities for the students involved.

Why community-based learning?

The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.

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