Community Based Learning

"Community Based Learning (CBL) combines civic engagement with academic instruction, critical thinking, and reflection in a reciprocal relationship that benefits students, community partners, and faculty. The CBL program involve students in community service that addresses local needs while providing students with the opportunity to engage course materials and ideas both inside and outside the classroom." (Definition adapted from the Faculty Service-Learning Handbook, College of Southern Maryland)

Common Terms and Definitions

CBL Requirements

CBL Student Placement Process

CBL DATES TO REMEMBER:

JANUARY

20:         FIRST DAY OF CLASSES
22:         Students will Receive Placement Preference Form to Select Placement
27:         CBL Placement Preference Forms Due
29:         Placement Decisions are Finalized via Email Notification
31:         Community Mentor Sends CBL Orientation Instructions Email to Students (If a student does not receive this, please contact the CBL Office ASAP: cce@stlawu.edu)

FEBRUARY

1-7:        Student Attend On-Campus Orientation with Community Mentor/CBL staff
7-13:      Students Begin Placements (Sunday placements begin 2/7)
11:          "Meet the Suites" CCE Housing Information Session
               Location: Student Center         Time: 11:45am - 12:30pm
15-21:    No Placement Visits Scheduled UNLESS INSTRUCTED BY PROFESSOR (This is due to Mid-Semester Break)
29:          Student Placement Contract due ONLINE www.stlawu.edu/center-civic-engagement/form/community-based-learning-student-contract
29:          Mileage Reimbursement Application due ONLINE www.stlawu.edu/center-civic-engagement/form/mileage-reimbursement-application

MARCH

14-20:    Students Complete Mid Semester Evaluation ONLINE www.stlawu.edu/center-civic-engagement/form/mid-semester-student-evaluation
19-27:    SPRING BREAK: (No placement visits scheduled for these dates. NOTE: Break official begins at 5pm on Friday, 3/18. For placements that take place prior to 5pm, students are sitll scheduled. If travel arrangements conflict with placement time, student MUST make     arrangements to attend placement earlier in the week,)
31:          "Meet the CCE Community Mentors" Infomation Session
               Location: Student Center    Time: 11:45am - 12:30pm

APRIL

4:          Festival of CBL Presentation Proposals Due ONLINE www.stlawu.edu/center-civic-engagement/festival-cbl 
16:        OPTIONAL VOLUNTEER EVENT: Kick It For a Cause, Location: SLU Newell Track Time: 12pm-3pm
18:        Festival of CBL Presentations Rough Draft Due ONLINE www.stlawu.edu/center-civic-engagement/festival-cbl
28:        Festival of CBL Presentations Final Draft Due to CBL ONLINE www.stlawu.edu/center-civic-engagement/festival-cbl
28:        Poster Presentations sent to Printing www.stlawu.edu/library/content/poster-design-guidelines

MAY

1:          LAST DAY FOR CBL PLACEMENTS (ALL required hours are earned by this date)
4:          Festival of Community Based Learning, Location: Winston Room   Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
6:          LAST DAY OF CLASSES
9:         Mileage Logs Due ONLINE www.stlawu.edu/center-civic-engagement/form/student-mileage-log-submission
9:         Student Evaluation of CBL Program Due ONLINE www.stlawu.edu/center-civic-engagement/form/student-evaluation-cbl-program
9:         Community Partner Evaluation of Student Due - Check with your Community Placement Supervisor to ensure this is complete. Your professor needs this for your final grade.
14:       LAST DAY OF EXAMS