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:

AUGUST

AUGUST 26:         FIRST DAY OF CLASSES
AUGUST 28:         Students will Receive Placement Preference Form to Select Placement

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER 1: CBL Placement Preference Forms Due
SEPTEMBER 4: Placement Decisions are Finalized via Email Notification
SEPTEMBER 6: Community Mentor Sends CBL Orientation Instructions Email to Students
SEPTEMBER 7-11: Student Attend On-Campus Orientation & NobleHour signup for Placement Hour Tracking www.noblehour.com/stlawu/login
SEPTEMBER 14: Students Begin Placements (Sunday placements begin 9/13)
SEPTEMBER 30: Student Placement Contract due ONLINE www.stlawu.edu/center-civic-engagement/form/community-based-learning-student-contract
SEPTEMBER 30: Mileage Reimbursement Application due ONLINE www.stlawu.edu/center-civic-engagement/form/mileage-reimbursement-application

OCTOBER

OCTOBER 12-18: No Placement Visits Scheduled for Entire Week (This is due to Mid Semester Break.)
OCTOBER 19-25: Students Complete Mid Semester Evaluation ONLINE www.stlawu.edu/center-civic-engagement/form/mid-semester-student-evaluation
OCTOBER 25: Send a Picture or Reflection of your Experience to the CBL Office to be Included on Social Media and Newsletter (cce@stlawu.edu)
OCTOBER 30: Festival of CBL Presentation Proposals Due ONLINE www.stlawu.edu/center-civic-engagement/festival-cbl

NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER 1st: OPTIONAL VOLUNTEER EVENT: 6th Annual Shawna’s Walk for Wishes, Location: SLU Newell Track Time: 12pm-3pm (Registration @ 11am)
NOVEMBER 19th: Festival of CBL Presentations Rough Draft Due ONLINE www.stlawu.edu/center-civic-engagement/festival-cbl
NOVEMBER 21-29th: THANKSGIVING BREAK: (No placement visits scheduled for these dates. NOTE: Break officially begins at 5pm on Friday, 11/20. For placements that takes place prior to 5pm, students are still scheduled and required to attend.)

DECEMBER

DECEMBER 3: Festival of CBL Presentations Final Draft Due to CBL ONLINE www.stlawu.edu/center-civic-engagement/festival-cbl
DECEMBER 6:  LAST DAY FOR CBL PLACEMENTS (ALL required hours are earned by this date)
DECEMBER 8 & 10: Festival of CBL for First Year Students ONLY, Location: Eben Holden Time: 10:10am - 11:40am
DECEMBER 9: Festival of CBL for NON First Year Students, Location: Winston Room Time: 5:00pm - 7:30pm
DECEMBER 10:  LAST DAY OF CLASSES
DECEMBER 14: Mileage Logs Due ONLINE www.stlawu.edu/center-civic-engagement/form/student-mileage-log-submission
DECEMBER 14: Student Evaluation of CBL Program Due ONLINE www.stlawu.edu/center-civic-engagement/form/student-evaluation-cbl-program
DECEMBER 14: ALL HOURS MUST BE SUBMITTED INTO NOBLEHOUR FOR APPROVAL www.noblehour.com/stlawu/login
DECEMBER 14: 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.
DECEMBER 19: LAST DAY OF EXAMS

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