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 Presidents' Statement of Principles

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.
Program Models

New York Campus Compact


Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement

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.

Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning

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.

Engaged Scholarship

Publishing Outlets for Service Learning (Campus Compact)

Community-Engaged Departments

Self-Assessment Rubric for the Institutionalization of Community Engagement in Academic Departments

Civic Engagement at IC

OSEMA Community Service Initiatives

IC Programs Featuring Civic Engagement Opportunities

Civic Engagement Across the IC Campus

Service-Learning (SL)

Defining Service-Learning 

Ithaca College Service-Learning Definition   

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. 

Kirkland Service-Learning Explanation

What are the Characteristics of Service-Learning?

The Relationship Between SL and the Broader Umbrella of Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning in H&S 

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:

Experiential Learning in HS&HP

Comprehensive Service-Learning Resources

National Service Learning Clearinghouse

The Clearinghouse offers thousands of free online resources for K-12, higher education, community-based organizations, and tribal communities.

Faculty toolkit for service learning in higher education

Course Development Materials from May 2015 SL Institute with Edward Zlotkowski

Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning

Integrating Service-Learning Into Course Objectives 

Framework for SL Course Development (from SL Institute, May 2015)

SL Partnering Roles

Sample Syllabi (Campus Compact)

Reflection Activities for Service/Community-Based Learning

Three-Part Reflection Journal (from SL Institute, May 2015)

Grading Rubric for Reflection Journal

Reflective Activities (Campus Compact)

Service Learning Reflection Activities (Wartburg College)

Evaluation of Service/Community-Based Learning Experiences

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health: Service-Learning

Methods and Strategies for Student Assessment

Methods and Strategies for Community Partner Assessment 

Methods and Strategies for Faculty Assessment and Reflection

Methods and Strategies for Institutional Advancement

Global Service Learning 

Case Study Examples (Collaborative Online International Learning (SUNY COIL)

Service/Community-Based Learning Blogs

Service Learning Blog

Threads (IC Center for Faculty Excellence Blog)  

Service Learning in Native America (IC Blog post from 2012)

CBL Institutes/Conferences/Workshops

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?

Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County Workshops

Local Places/Spaces for Collaborative Efforts

The CommonSpot

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.

The Just Be Cause Not-for-Profit Development Center, Inc. 

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.

Download the Community-Based Learning Concept Map

file-outline Community-Based Learning Concept Map - CBL.pptx (44.49 KB)