Information for Faculty

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Core Concepts of CBL

  • Combines volunteering objectives with learning objectives
  • Activities change both the recipient and the volunteer
  • Structured opportunities for self-reflection and self-discovery
  • Acquisition of values, experiential learning, and skills

How CSA Can Help Faculty

  • The Community-based Learning program is the integration of community service with academic inquiry and learning

CSA partners with faculty members to create active learning experiences that:

  • Draw on academic inquiry
  • Draw on concrete relationships with people in need and the agencies that serve them.


LMU's CBL & Service Learning Resources

CSA has the potential to be a full-service resource for supporting faculty 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, and community partners.
  • Collaborate with the Center for Teaching Excellence in offering CBL discussions.
  • Provide a yearly seminar/workshop for faculty interested in CBL.

National CBL & Service Learning Resources

Helpful Information for CBL Class Syllabus

Service Agreement: A contract that includes:

  • contact information for the student
  • contact information for the community organization
  • specific tasks the student is expected to perform
  • pre-service requirements (e.g., orientation, training, Live Scan, background check, etc.)
  • the total number of hours the student plans to complete at the placement.
  • the student and site supervisor both sign the document
  • the student submits it to CSA

Supervisor Evaluation: An evaluation of the student's performance by the site supervisor, or a designee.

  • the student fills out relevant course information before giving it to the site supervisor
  • the site supervisor evaluates the student on 6 criteria, confirms the total number of service hours completed, and suggest ways to make the experience better for the agency in the future
  • the site supervisor signs the document and either gives it back to the student to turn in directly to CSA or submit it to CSA personally via email or fax

Student Evaluation: An evaluation of the student's experience at the service site.

  • the survey is voluntary and anonymous
  • the survey is administered using Qualtrics software

Create a CBL Course

If you are interested in creating a community-based learning course or would like more information, please contact Daveon Swan.