Civic Engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.
National and State Resources
Campus Compact enables campuses to develop students’ citizenship skills and forge effective community partnerships. Their resources support faculty and staff as they pursue community-based teaching and scholarship in the service of positive change.
The JHEOE serves as the premier peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal to advance theory and practice related to all forms of outreach and engagement between higher education institutions and communities.
You can electronically access all past issues and articles of the MJCSL for free, searching by author, title, or journal volume and number. You can read the articles online or print copies.
Publishing Outlets for Service Learning (Campus Compact)
Civic Engagement at IC
Service-Learning at Ithaca College is our guide for quality credit-bearing courses, internships, independent studies, and undergraduate research projects with a community-based learning orientation.
What are the Characteristics of Service-Learning?
The Relationship Between SL and the Broader Umbrella of Experiential Learning
Experiential learning provides a sustained opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the classroom in "the real world." H&S recognizes four main types of experiential learning:
- Cultural Immersion
- Professional Practice
- Undergraduate Research
- Service-Learning NOTE: SL can be an overlay in the other three areas
Comprehensive Service-Learning Resources
The Clearinghouse offers thousands of free online resources for K-12, higher education, community-based organizations, and tribal communities.
Integrating Service-Learning Into Course Objectives
Framework for SL Course Development (from SL Institute, May 2015)
Sample Syllabi (Campus Compact)
Reflection Activities for Service/Community-Based Learning
Three-Part Reflection Journal (from SL Institute, May 2015)
Reflective Activities (Campus Compact)
Service Learning Reflection Activities (Wartburg College)
Evaluation of Service/Community-Based Learning Experiences
Global Service Learning
Case Study Examples (Collaborative Online International Learning (SUNY COIL)
Service/Community-Based Learning Blogs
Threads (IC Center for Faculty Excellence Blog)
Service Learning in Native America (IC Blog post from 2012)
Cornell's Community Development Institute (agenda and presentation slides for July 2015 Institute)
Key questions addressed in this institute included:
- How do changing social & economic trends affect our families and communities?
- How can we better link efforts to build family and community capacity?
- What new ideas are emerging in research, policy, and practice?
Local Places/Spaces for Collaborative Efforts
The CommonSpot is a new space on the Ithaca Commons where a diverse group of members share high-speed Internet, office amenities, desk space, meeting rooms, empowering events, and an active community working toward the common good.
Rev is Ithaca's center for growing ideas and launching businesses.
JBCC is Ithaca's newest home for area not-for-profits. The JBCC strives to create a space where these groups can conduct business in a professional and modern setting. Spacious and bright offices, combined with a well-appointed conference room, a commercial kitchen, two multi-purpose rooms as well as a beautiful covered patio facing the waterfront, allow for a variety of activities to take place at our exciting new facility.