​The Landis Center for Community Engagement has created a suggested timeline to help guide faculty through the process of the logistical elements of community-based learning and research:

  • 60 days preceding the anticipated community-based learning and research experience:
    • Complete community-based learning and research course worksheet to strategically outline your course
    • Discuss course outcomes and objectives with Landis Center for Community Engagement
    • Begin considering potential community partners that align with course vision and aims
    • Meet with Landis Center for Community Engagement to begin outlining expectations and terms of the project and partnership
  • 30 days preceding anticipated community-based learning and research experience:
    • Discuss transportation options with Landis Center for Community Engagement
    • Schedule van orientation for student drivers with the Landis Center for Community Engagement
    • If course requires background clearances, notify students of this requirement
    • Forward class roster to Landis Center for Community Engagement to determine which students need clearances (if required by their program)
    • Conduct a site visit at community partner organization
    • Finalize Memorandum of Understanding with community partner and Landis Center for Community Engagement

*please note that as of the 2017-2018 academic year, Bailey Health Center requires a tuberculosis skin test for all students volunteering through a Lafayette-sponsored program. Please also note that the center is not reimbursing for tb tests at this time. 

  • 2 weeks preceding the anticipated community-based learning and research experience:
    • Have students begin to schedule appointments for FBI fingerprinting with the Landis Center for Community Engagement
    • Establish deadlines for clearances, transportation requests, volunteer agreements, etc.
    • Submit final volunteer schedule to Landis Center for Community Engagement
    • Determine which students will become van certified for the class and forward Student Driver Approval Process instructions to students requiring the use a College-owned or rented vehicle to and from their service experience
    • Submit transportation request to the Landis Center for Community Engagement
    • Schedule student orientation with community partner, facilitated by the Landis Center for Community Engagement
  • During the community-based learning and research experience
    • Communicate regularly with community partner and Landis Center for Community Engagement to ensure that expectations and goals are being met on all sides
    • Check in periodically with students to learn if there any concerns
    • Conduct reflection sessions with or without Center assistance
  • At the end of the community-based learning and research experience
    • Work with Community Partnerships Coordinator to distribute experience assessments to students and Community Partner
    • Complete faculty experience assessment
    • Meet with Community Partnerships Coordinator and/or Community Partner to discuss future partnerships