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Community-based (Service) Learning

Faculty and students in the California State University (CSU) have been partnering with their local communities since the first CSU campus was founded in 1857. These partnerships not only improve the quality of life across California, they significantly contribute to student learning, advance faculty research and teaching, support CSU programs and positively contribute to California communities.

The CSU continues to take bold steps to promote Community-based Learning (Service Learning) as an educational pedagogy that prepares students for the complexities and rewards of community engagement, lifelong learning, and professional and personal success.

Community-based Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.

*The above information was provided by Learn and Serve America, National Clearing House

Students' Responsibilities

Students engaged in a Community-based Learning assignment are responsible for mitigating potential risks involved with their Community-based Learning assignment. The Student Service Learning Plan & Agreement contains "Participation Guidelines," which outline appropriate behavior expectations for Community-based Learning students while at the learning site. Students are required to sign the "participation guidelines," which serves as an informed consent, demonstrating their awareness of the potential risks and behavior expectations at the learning site.

The Student Time Sheet also serves as a risk management function by keeping a record of when students were providing service at the learning site. If an accident occurs at the learning site, and the University needs to know if a specific student was actually serving at the learning site, this can provide a quick cross-check to the learning site's sign-in sheet.

Volunteer and Community-based Opportunities:

For Volunteer and Community-based Opportunities, please refer to the sites list on our S4 Database here