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Community-Based Learning

Advisors — CORIELL, HYDE, STANEC

Courses with a CBL notation include the intention of equipping students with the skills, knowledge, and experience to exercise influence toward social, cultural, environmental, or civic outcomes that benefit the common good. This applies whether the impact is immediate or deferred. 

CBL-tagged courses offered in 2013-2014

Criteria for Community-Based Learning (CBL) at Colorado College 

  1. Knowledge from the discipline enhances understanding of the community experience and the community experience enhances understanding of the relevance and applicability of the academic content.
  2. Academic credit is given for the learning and its relation to the course, not for the community experience/research alone.
  3. The intent of CBL experiences, while guided by professors, also takes shape through interactions and synthesis with community issues, concerns, or needs.   
  4. CBL instruction includes the intention of equipping students with the skills, knowledge, and experience to exercise influence toward more social, cultural, environmental, or civic outcomes that benefit the common good. This applies whether the impact is immediate or deferred.
  5. Activities in the class provide methods for students to reflect systematically and with intention about what they learned through the CBL experience, and how that experience relates to the course’s focus.