Academic Service-Learning (ASL) and Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) Course Designation
Academic service-learning (ASL) is a credit-bearing academic course with required student participation in an organized direct or indirect service activity or project that meets a community need and is connected to course content and specific learning outcome(s) with structured reflection and evaluation.
Community Engaged Learning (CEL) is a credit-bearing academic course in which students are involved in a community setting such that the experience is linked to course content, enriches learning and benefits the community in some way.
Basic differences between ASL and CEL courses:
|Academic Credits||At least 2||At least 1|
|Service required of all students?||Yes||Not necessarily|
|Number of hours of service||At least 15||No minimum|
|Community Benefit||Service linked to problem or issue, ideally identified by community members||Provides some form of benefit to residents, organizations or others|
|Student Benefit||Course content directly linked to service and community issues being addressed; Course learning objective(s) directly linked to service and mastery is expected and evaluated||Experience linked to course content; intentionally designed to advance student understanding and should be assessed|
|Structured reflection||Required||Strongly encouraged|
|Student evaluation||Required and linked to learning objective(s); ideally include input from community partner; contributes to final grade||Strongly encouraged|
For application assistance or pre-application consultation, contact Facutly Engagement Associate Jessica Arends at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application for Course Designation (download .doc 22KB)
(typically 3-4 weeks)
- Instructor submits syllabus and application to email@example.com
- Application is reviewed by CCE staff
- Instructor and CCE staff meet to discuss the details of the course, finalize application
- The application is reviewed by at least two members of the CCE Advisory Council
- Feedback/suggestions for changes are given, possible further discussions with CCE staff
- Course is approved, syllabus is posted on CCE website and designation code appears in the BU BRAIN