Community Engaged Learning criteria for undergraduate courses

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Community Engaged Learning involves fostering mutually beneficial partnerships that enhance student learning, address societal concerns, and improve quality of life by co-creating partnerships that meet community needs.

What are the criteria for an undergraduate Community Engaged Learning designation?

Undergraduate courses designated as Community Engaged require a minimum of 15 hours of work with/for a community partner and must include at least one Student Learning Outcome aligned with a minimum of one Eagle Advantage competency. These courses also require student reflection on the community engaged learning component. It is highly encouraged instructors assess the SLO(s). Information on community engaged learning student assessment tools can be found at this link. Community Engaged Learning designated courses/course sections will be reviewed every five years.

The Community Engaged Learning designation will be piloted during the 2021-2022 academic year. To launch the designation, the Community Engagement Council invites instructors teaching lectures, labs, discussions and seminars to apply for this optional program. Faculty interested in having an undergraduate course(s) designated as Community Engaged Learning should ensure that the course(s) meets both of the following elements:

  • Must involve 15 hours of engagement with/for a community partner or individual, as well as at least one reflection piece on the engagement that is tied to graded course material. The reflection piece can be an assignment, a paper, a quiz, a test, etc.
  • Must have a syllabus that includes a Student Learning Outcome(s) (SLO)(s) aligned with at least one Eagle Advantage competency.

Eagle Advantage Competencies with Community Engaged Learning Outcome Statements (written by instructors to fit their class/course specifically):

  1. Adaptability: Recognize challenges as opportunities to improve. Embrace a growth mindset that allows for action, reflection, failure and resilience.
  2. Collaboration & Leadership: Build mutually beneficial relationships and achieve common goals by understanding, valuing and leveraging strengths of others. Take responsibility for your own role and contributions within a team.
  3. Communication: Effectively articulate thoughts and ideas to others. Understand the impact of communication on your professional work image. Use communication skills to motivate and develop others.
  4. Critical Thinking & Problem Solving: Exercise reasoning to independently analyze issues identify options and alternatives, formulate opinions, make decisions and overcome problems.
  5. Digital Literacy & Technology: Leverage knowledge of information and communications technology ethically and efficiently solve problems, complete tasks and accomplish goals.
  6. Engaging Diversity: Cultivate awareness of your own identity and that of others through exploration of diversity. Appreciate multiple perspectives and participate in society as a conscious global citizen.
  7. Integrity and Accountability: Take ownership of your actions and learn from your mistakes. Act with the interest of the larger community in mind. Establish effective work habits.
  8. Self Management: Identify and articulate your interests, skills, values and experiences. Explore and make decisions about academic and career options. Demonstrate the continual development of a positive personal brand.

When do I apply for a Community Engaged Learning designation?

The Office of Community Engagement invites instructors to apply for a Community Engaged Learning course/course section designation by: February 1 (fall courses), September 1 (spring courses), and December 1 (summer courses). This designation is an optional opportunity. 

To begin the Community Engaged Learning program process, the Community Engaged Learning Proposal should be completed in Qualtrics, along with either a detailed outline or course syllabus (preferred) attached as one document. 

A list of potential partnerships for faculty who need connections is available on the UWL Community Idea Exchange. Faculty are also welcome to find their own community partner.


Contact us!

Lisa Klein, Community Engagement Coordinator


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UWL Office of Community Engagement
Cleary Alumni & Friends Center, Room 104
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601