The Landis Center for Community Engagement is dedicated to following best practices for the integration of CBLR projects into regular courses, independent studies, service internships, honors theses, Excel Scholar projects, and other faculty-supervised research projects. The Landis Center Adheres to the Following principles:
  • Projects are beneficial to all parties—faculty, students, and community partner(s). Projects are designed to fulfill specific learning outcomes while simultaneously addressing a community-identified need or concern
  • The course or project offers students an intentional and intellectually grounded experience in community-based learning and/or research by using scholarly readings, assignments, and/or classroom exercises that help students prepare for, conceptualize, and analytically frame the community engagement experience
  • Students have the opportunity to reflect on the connections between course readings, discussions, and the learning that is occurring through their community engagement activities
  • Students directly interact with community partner on at least one occasion, even when conducting research-oriented projects
  • Partnerships are sustainable, where practical.
  • The roles of faculty, students, and community partners are clearly defined and agreed upon
  • Sound risk management practices for background clearances, transportation, volunteer agreements, and IRB approval are adhered to
  • Faculty and community partners agree to participate in assessment activities facilitated by the Landis Center for Community Engagement