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Community Engagement & Service

Student and Faculty Resources

Guide to Connecting with Local Community Partners (for students enrolled in the Community Service-Learning Program, CSLP)

Guide to Connecting with Local Community Partners (for students enrolled in a Community-Based Learning course)

Directory of Local Nonprofit Organizations

  • Sixteen different issue related lists of regional nonprofit organizations and schools.

Student Produced Nonprofit Videos

  •  Check out these student-produced films with Professor Nina Shapiro-Perl through the School of Communication Community Voice Project.

The International Undergraduate Journal for Service-Learning, Leadership, and Social Change 

  • This journal accepts submissions on a rolling basis.Follow the link for submission details. This is a great way to share your service-learning experience!

Examples of Faculty Assignments and Student Work

For Faculty

CSLP Syllabus Language

  • Interested in offering your students the opportunity to add a pass/fail credit to your course for 40 hours of service with a community organization that complements classroom learning and reflection on that service? Follow the link above for language that can be added to your syllabus outlining the Community Service-Learning Program.  

Community-Based Learning "CB" Designation Form

  • Do you incorporate community-based learning into your undergraduate level course? Follow the link above to register for the community-based learning "CB" designation for the upcoming semester.


  • Teaching a Community-Based Learning course? Consider assigning one of these readings as a foundation for the student experience.

Service-Learning Journals & AU Student and Faculty Publications

  • Browse the leading academic service-learning resources and learn from the work of your colleagues and AU students.

Liability Form

  • This AU-approved form serves as both a media release and waiver for students participating in service-learning or community-based research activities on and away from campus.

Log Sheet

  • Faculty can distribute this sheet to students in order for them to keep track of both the number of hours they've worked, and also monitor the work outcomes, progress, and impact they've achieved in community-based learning & research projects.

Ideas for incorporating Service-Learning into your curriculum

  • This document provides extensive suggestions for different ways in which you can incorporate service-learning projects or strategies into your course.

 Potential Community-Based Learning Culminating Projects

  • Here is a list of 8 different tools that faculty across the nation utilize assess student learning and encourage critical reflection. For CSLP faculty members, students are encouraged to work with you to select one of these options as a final project. 

Community-Based Learning and Research Guide for AU Faculty

  • A lengthy, AU-specific guide to incorporating service-learning into coursework.

Community-Based Learning Networks and Resources

National Campus Compact is a coalition of more than 740 colleges and universities committed to the civic purposes of higher education. Their website contains information on publications, model programs and sample syllabi.

Regional Maryland-DC Campus Compact is a coalition of local colleges and universities who come together regularly to discuss best practice and community impact. This website includes syllabi, projects, grant opportunities, and conferences.

The Talloires Network is an international association of institutions committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education.

The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse supports the service-learning community in higher education using community-based learning techniques and methodologies.

The National Youth Leadership Council empowers students to transform themselves from recipients of information and resources into valuable, contributing members of a community.

The National Service-Learning Partnership concentrates on strengthening the impact of community-based learning on young people's development, especially their academic and civic participation, by supporting members sharing resources, organizing change and sponsoring innovation.

Student Highlights

First-year students assist with a door-to-door community survey during the Freshmen Service event.

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