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. Following are some of the main principles that guide our work:

• 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 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 members on at least one occasion, even when doing indirect service projects that primarily entail conducting research for a community organization

• Partnerships are sustainable, where practical. Faculty should be wary of engaging in a one-time, short-term partnership unless such a collaboration will be truly useful to the community partner

• 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 Center for Community Engagement