What is Community Engagement

Core Criteria for Community Engagement

Community Engagement in academic courses, research and other scholarly initiatives should strive to:

    * Set out connections between academic objectives and community activities
    * Foster reciprocity between the students and community
    * Provide structured student reflection
    * Invite community partners to participate in classrom dialogue, discussion and scholarship
    * Expect students to spend a significant amount of time and effort with the community partner(s)
    * Require a capstone activity for students. Examples of this are where students share their experiences with the class community and the community organization/agency, discuss connections of global citizenship and responsible leadership or present a proposal for continued engagement.

All CLECE-funded courses will have clear criteria for evaluation.  As we support a wide variety of courses and teaching styles, we invite faculty to propose assessments that suit their pedagogical, curricular and intellectual aims.   Within this invitation we expect successful proposals to include:

    * A faculty evaluation that assesses the course in relation to its goals and one's own professional development  We invite narrative evaluations and ask that you compare your CLECE course with your other teaching.   Faculty evaluations are due prior to the beginning of the semester after the award.

    * A student evaluation of both the course itself and its place in his or her growth as a whole person.  In particular we would ask students to compare their CLECE course to their earlier educational experience.  Student evaluations are due at the end of the semester/

    * A partner evaluation [when appropriate]