Office of Community-Based Learning

The Office of Community-Based Learning supports, enhances and develops mutually-beneficial collaborations that enrich engaged teaching and learning and advance community interests. We envision a community transformed by faculty, community partners, and students working and learning together to achieve a greater good.

CBL Course Support

CBL Course Criteria Packet

A team of faculty, community partners, and administrators invested in CBL came together to collaboratively articulate W&L's community-based learning standards in 2019. Taken together, these elements encompass all of the essential elements of CBL at W&L. Click here to view the resulting course standards packet.

Community-Based Learning (CBL) Course Designation

This designation is the result of a two-year process toward creating a campus-wide, cohesive vision for community-based learning at W&L. A cohort of thirteen faculty, community partners, and administrators co-created the elements for designation based upon nationally recognized best practices and the practices of our peer institutions. If you are interested in seeking designation, please consult with the Office of Community-Based Learning. Apply now for designation of Fall 2020 courses (and beyond).

CBL Course (Re)design Grant Opportunity

The Community-Based Learning (CBL) Working Group is accepting proposals from faculty and instructors interested in integrating community-based learning into new or existing courses. The purpose of the grant is to support faculty and a community partner or community partners in the collaborative design or redesign of a course to align it with W&L's newly defined community-based learning criteria. The grant seeks to encourage the integration of learning and mentorship with community engagement through reciprocal community partnerships. These collaborations aim to benefit students, community partners, and the greater good. Any instructor is eligible to apply. Stipends are available for both faculty and community partners. If you are interested in seeking funding, please consult with the Office of Community-Based Learning. Apply now for funding toward courses to be held in Fall 2020 (and beyond).