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Community-Engaged Academic Learning

CEAL supports and helps generate academically grounded community-based learning opportunities. We work directly with faculty, students, staff and local communities to enhance partnerships and to foster a culture of mutual benefit.

Assessing Community-Based Partnerships

Assessing the Practices of Public Scholarship (APPS) is an ongoing Imagining America research group exploring approaches to assessing the impact of community-based projects and partnerships rooted in the cultural disciplines. APPS promotes and develops what we call an integrated approach to assessment. Integrated assessment emphasizes consideration of community impact and involves community stakeholders as well as higher education partners in collaborative and meaningful ways. 

An integrated approach to assessment is rooted in five core values:

  • Collaboration
  • Reciprocity
  • Generativity
  • Rigor 
  • Practicability

Approached this way, assessment contributes to both transformative outcomes (e.g., improved campus-community partnerships, impact in relation to defined civic, social, and academic goals) and, just as significantly, to transformational processes.

Be a Victor

We strive to support our students and faculty on the frontlines of learning and research; to steward our planet, our community, our campus. To do this, CEAL needs you—because the world needs Victors.


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