Due to the pandemic, our students are currently pursuing remote service. Students interested in in-person service must complete this form. Please contact cblr@american.edu for any questions around how you can still participate in CSLP.  

Frequently Asked Questions

You can add a CSLP add-on credit to any class across all schools except within the School of Communications; SoC has its own community-based learning "CB" courses available that meet its program requirements.

Yes, as long as you are enrolled as a full-time student between 12-16 credits (not including the CSLP credit).

We advise students to volunteer with one organization in order to build a sufficient partnership. Students may supplement their hours with one-day service opportunities.

Yes, as long as the work still based in the community and addresses themes discussed in your CSLP course. 

That depends. If the nature of your volunteer work is strictly internal (e.g. you are working with an AU club or organization), then no. If the nature of your volunteer work incorporates organizations external to AU (e.g. your AU organization is partnering with a local non-profit), then yes. 

The CSLP add-on credit is a pass/fail credit, and the final grade (pass or fail) is contingent on full completion of all program requirements.

Note that this pass/fail credit is separate from the grade a student receives in the course. For example, a student who doesn't complete the CSLP program requirements can still earn an A in the course to which they added the pass/fail credit.

No, pass/fail credits are not used to compute your GPA. 

No, once you're signed up for the CSLP add-on credit, you are in it until you cross the finish line. If you find yourself in an exceptional circumstance, reach out to the Center for Community Engagement and Service (CCES) office promptly.

If you commute at least one hour round-trip, you can log an extra thirty minutes for that day. 

Yes! The due date to register for CSLP is the same deadline as the Add/Drop deadline. Students interested in completing CSLP during the summer should e-mail cblr@american.edu

Undergraduate students can earn the CSLP credit a total of 3 times during their career at AU (a total of 3 pass/fail add-on credits).  

The key to community-based learning is the link between community service and classroom studies. While community service is generally done on an individual basis with no curricular connection, the volunteer work done in a community-based learning course is intentionally designed to complement curriculum objectives. This places additional focus on reflection strategies throughout the semester.  

Yes, a community-based learning component can be incorporated into any course across all schools. 

Your role as the professor is to support and advise your students as they connect and serve the community organization through their community-based learning project or activity. This comes in a variety of forms based on the understanding that you reach with your CSLP student in the beginning of the semester.

The faculty role includes the following:

  1. Reviewing and signing off on your student's online registration form through the EngageNet system. This will be e-mailed to you within 48 hours of student submission.
  2. Consulting with your student to determine an appropriate reflection assignment to connect your student's community work with course goals and assignments. Here is a guide outlining previous assignments.
  3. Periodically checking in with your student about the experience.
  4. Evaluating your student's reflective assignment and using that evaluation coupled with your student's hour log (e-mailed to you by the CCES office on the first day of exams) to assign the P/F grade.

There are a variety of resources available to faculty that offer guidelines, tips, examples of community-based learning, as well as platforms where faculty on collaborate on such curricula. 

The Community-Based Learning Faculty Institute is hosted at the end of every spring semester by CCES and CTRL, and is a two-day Institute designed for faculty interested or already involved in community-based learning. The Community-Based Learning Institute offers support with designing curriculum and building partnerships with community members.

Campus Compact and the Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning are also helpful resources.

Faculty are also welcome to reach out to the Center for Community Engagement and Service office at any time. We are located in the Mary Graydon Center Room 273.

Have additional questions?

Visit our office:
Mary Graydon Center 273