Community-Based Learning

The University is to be known not only as an intellectual and cultural center which others can visit but also as one which sends its members -- faculty, administration and staff, and students -- into the community to learn, to teach, to minister, to labor, to participate in and lead efforts to create a more rational, faith-filled, just society.   
-LMU Mission Statement Excerpt

Students in the course of their formation, must let the gritty reality of this world into their lives, so they can learn to feel it, think about it critically, respond to its suffering and engage it constructively.   
-Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., 
Superior General, the Society of Jesus Community based learning 

(CBL) is a pedagogical method that requires students to engage in organized service activities, guided reflection, and critical analysis that enhance both the academic objectives of the university curriculum and the social needs of the larger community.  Through CBL, our students and faculty engage all three dimensions of the LMU mission statement (advancement of learning, education of the whole person, promotion of faith & the service of justice) in a focused and integrated manner.  Moreover, the overarching themes of Jesuit education are well served by the five essential components of CBL:  Academics, Direct Service, Reflection, Mutual Transformation, and Assessment.

Jesuit Superior General Peter-Hans Kolvenbach has issued a bold challenge to Jesuit universities in the US:  “We must raise our Jesuit educational standard to educate the whole person of solidarity for the real world .”  

LMU and the Center for Service & Action have responded to Fr. Kolvenbach's challenge by supporting faculty and students in the development of a Community-Based Learning program.

A full-service resource for supporting faculty and students interested in CBL.

  • Collaborate with faculty on integrating the components of CBL into curriculum.
  • Match service placements that will provide experiences complementary to learning goals.
  • Administer all aspects of the relationship between LMU and our community partners.
  • Provide guidance to students about service placements and transportation strategies.
  • Assess the efficacy of the CBL experience with students, faculty, community partners.
  • Collaborate with the Center for Teaching Excellence in offering periodic CBL discussions.
  • Provide a yearly seminar/workshop for faculty interested in CBL.


Agencies can submit CBL project proposals by clicking here.