What is CSLP?

Approved by the Undergraduate Senate in 1993, the Community-Service Learning Program (CSLP) is a type of community-based learning strategy that allows students to add a pass/fail credit to a class they are taking. 

As part of this CSLP add-on credit, students volunteer at a local organization whose mission connects with their coursework, thereby enriching the learning experience and strengthening the local community. 

CSLP Requirements

Through the Community Service-Learning Program (CSLP), students earning an additional pass/fail credit linked to a course are required to complete:

  • 40 hours of service work in the community
  • 3 reflection sessions
  • 1 blog entry to be published on the CSLP Wordpress blog site
  • 1 academic assignment, assigned by professor (e.g. in-class presentation, written report)

CSLP is right for you if...

  • You are a full-time undergraduate student currently enrolled in 12-16 credits
  • You want to increase your understanding of issues facing our community and how community organizations are responding to these issues
  • You want to gain a deeper understanding of your coursework through real-world connections with the local community

How to Apply to CSLP

  1. Identify that class to which you want to connect the pass/fail add-on credit.
  2. Review the syllabus to identify main themes addressed in the course.
  3. Reach out to local community partners whose work addresses an issue area that connects with the themes discussed in your course. (Check out the resources on the left tabs, including the list of Non-Profit Directories and Guide on Connecting with a Community Partner).
  4. Complete the CSLP Application.
  5. Notify your professor you are applying for a CSLP add-on credit to their course.  

Resources

Important Dates

Non-Profit Directories

These directories are organized by issue area, and include the contact information and mission statements of local non-profits.

Non-Profit Directories

Guide to Connecting with Non-Profits

This guide outlines a strategy of how to reach out to prospective community partners, including an email template and phone call talking points.

Access Guide Here

CSLP WordPress Blog

Serve Earn Learn is the CSLP WordPress site where students in the Community Service-Learning Program reflect on their service experience. Learn more about students' experiences and the organizations they volunteer with here.

Serve Earn Learn