Center for Community-Based Service Learning (CCBSL)

March 24, 2015

One of several priorities identified in the University s 1997-1998 Shared Vision process, initiated by President Stephen Weber, was the establishment of The Center for Community-Based Service Learning (CCBSL). The mission of the CCBSL is to enhance learning and civic responsibility through community engagement. We believe that community-based service learning provides structured opportunities for students to learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized involvement that: 1) is conducted in the community and meets mutually identified needs; 2) is integrated into and enhances the academic experience of students by relating academic content to community issues; 3) fosters civic responsibility; 4) integrates reflection on the interrelationships between course content and community-based learning activities. Since the fall of 1998, the Center has developed partnerships among students, community partners, and faculty. The CCBSL provides a database of 144 community partners that meet student volunteer or service needs, a bank of community projects suitable for faculty to include within their courses, information on relevant grant opportunities, reference resources for research and course design, and a referral system to other campus resources. The Center promotes civic education and the ethic of giving back to the community by: assisting faculty who wish to develop and enhance classes that integrate academic study with community service, working with student organizations on community efforts, and providing information on volunteer opportunities for students. Two advisory boards review policies and support the CCBSL and programs. They assist in communicating the goals of the Center to the campus community and voice faculty and students concerns surrounding community service learning. Associated Students, a member of Campus Outreach Opportunities League, played a key role in the development of the CCBSL. In addition, they oversee the CCBSL Student Advisory Board.

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San Diego State University - CA, California
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