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Community Engaged Learning Tool

Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Tool 

<a href="">Watch Community Engaged Learning Attribute Initiative YouTube Video</a>


The Chancellor's Office, Center for Community Engagement (COCCE) is in the process of aligning an understanding of community engagement across the system. The COCCE uses community-engaged learning (CEL)* as the umbrella term to identify a broad array of courses in which community engagement is embedded. This definition is the foundation for a larger data collection effort around these student learning experiences. It was used to develop a Taxonomy for community-engaged learning courses that presents the essential elements for CEL and outlines the implementation spectrum for CEL Courses. 

This pilot CEL Tool provides a series of questions based on the Taxonomy. It is designed for CSU faculty to identify where a course falls along the spectrum of CEL; resulting in the assigning of one of two attributes in the Student Information System: service-learning (CSLI) or curricular community-engaged learning (CCEL).

The CEL Tool will allow the CSU to capture meaningful data across the system to better support faculty and work towards appropriate recognition for this work. It also offers insight into curriculum design that may help shape and improve student learning. 

Complete the CEL Tool Survey in 3 easy steps

Step 1 | Prepare and Learn

  1.  Gather your course(s) syllabus. You may need to refer to it as you complete the survey.
  2.  Review the Service Learning Syllabus ChecklistHeffernan (2001) identified the checklist components as parts of exemplary service-learning syllabi.
  3.  Review the CSU- Community Engaged Learning Taxonomy.


Step 2 | Before Completing the Survey

  1. Preview the survey. Watch this CSUSB instructional video.
  2. Complete the Survey. Please complete the survey by Spring Census on Monday, February 18, 2022.


Step 3 | After Completing the Survey

  1. Need to make a correction? You may contact OCE to amend your CEL attribute.
  2.  CSU-CEL questions? Visit the CSU-CEL Attribute Initiative - FAQ Faculty Guide



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