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Community-Engaged Teaching

What is Community Engagement?

Community engagement, as defined by the Carnegie Foundation, is the “collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.”

What is Community Engaged Teaching?

Community engaged teaching reflects the greater mission and values of Wittenberg University by empowering faculty, staff, and students to build ongoing relationships with invested partners to strengthen communities through integrating meaningful service, instruction, and reflection. Meeting both community and learning objectives, this type of experiential learning provides the community with service, support, and/or research while teaching civic and social responsibility and enhancing the educational experience for students.

What is a Community Engagement Course?

A community engagement course provides significant curricular collaboration with community partners for the educational benefit of the students and meets the identified needs and goals of the community partner. By the end of the course, students will be able to articulate the connection between the course content, community, and civic responsibility.


Pictures that show community engaged learning with a title for each.  Maybe we have a picture representing a course from each fellow. Put the title of the course over the picture and have the picture serve as a link to the Course Examples page.


Identify some metrics to display

  • # of courses offered
  • # of community partners
  • Survey results

Community Engaged Courses meet the following criteria:

  • Faculty member (and/or students) works cooperatively and responsively with a community partner.
  • Faculty member ensures course contributions will meet partner identified needs.
  • Course syllabus will include community engagement learning goals.
  • Faculty member will assign community engaged learning pre/post-test.
  • Through the course, students will contribute at least 10 hours of service, support or research to the partner identified need.
  • Students will complete reflection assignment.
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