Due to the pandemic, our students are currently pursuing both remote and in-person 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

The faculty role includes the following:

  1. Reviewing and signing off on your student's registration indicating their interest to attach the credit to your course and a list of 1-3 partners they intend to reach out to partner with and how their service will connect with their coursework. This will be e-mailed to you at the start of the semester.
  2. Consulting with your student to determine an appropriate reflection project to connect your student's community work with course goals and assignments. Here is a guide outlining previous assignments. These are merely suggestions and not an exhaustive list of potential projects. The submission deadline is left to your discretion, but the last week of class is an ideal timeframe to have the student turn in the completed deliverable.
  3. Periodically checking in with your student about the experience.
  4. Evaluating your student's reflection project and using that evaluation coupled with your student's hour log and blog (e-mailed to you by the CCES office on the first day of exams) to assign the P/F grade.

Other program requirements include: orientation, mid-semester reflection, end-of-semester reflection, 1 blog post, 1 workshop, and 2 check-ins with Peer Mentors

You can add a CSLP add-on credit to any class except AUX.

There are restrictions within the School of Communications. COMM courses can be attached to CSLP if the student is a Communication Studies, Film and Media Arts, Foreign Language and Communication Media, or Photography major. If the student is a Journalism or PRSC major, they are not recommended to take CSLP due to accreditation standards. 

In addition, students who want to attach the CSLP credit to a Community-Based Course, or another course that requires service as part of the course, will be required to complete the 35 hours of direct service in addition to the hours required in the course. 

Yes, as long as you are enrolled as a full-time student between 12-16 credit hours (not counting the CSLP add-on credit).  If you are already at 17 credit hours, then we recommend taking CSLP another semester since we don’t want students to pay out of pocket. 

Yes, but we usually advise that you volunteer with one organization so you can really get to know one organization well. If you volunteer with more than one, make sure all of your organizations connect in some way to your class.

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 grade you earn in the class and the add-on credit grade are two separate grades and do not influence each other. Your grade in the class is on an A through F scale, and is 100% up to your professor. Your CSLP add-on credit grade is Pass/Fail and is up to the CCES office and the professor. You can still earn an A in the class, but if you do not finish program requirements, you will earn a Fail for the add-on credit.

No, neither Pass nor Fail grades are used to compute your GPA.

Once you attend Orientation, the Coordinator will confirm student participation with the faculty, then forward the student's information to the Registrar's Office for the add-on credit. Any students who withdraw thereafter will receive a "W" on their transcript.

Dropping before Orientation and this step can be achieved.

For every hour travelled to your site, you can log an extra thirty minutes for that shift.

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

You can add-on CSLP credit for up to 3 courses (1 course per semester).

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.  

Have additional questions?

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Mary Graydon Center 273