WHAT IS THE CEL ATTRIBUTE?

The CEL Attribute designates a class as “Community Engaged Learning” and signals to students that the class involves some kind of community engagement. Some key things to keep in mind:

  • Any existing course at WSU may receive the designation.
  • You can designate your course (instructor-specific) or all sections of a course.
  • The CEL experience may be “Required” or “Optional” for students.
  • Community partners should be either non-profit organizations or for-profit organizations that work with serve the underserved and marginalized populations or that need assistance with social justice issues
  • Students in CEL classes must track their hours for annual reporting and per Carnegie Classification compliance.

WHY SHOULD I APPLY FOR THE CEL ATTRIBUTE?

The CEL Attribute announces to students at the time of registration that your class involves a community engaged learning or community engaged research project. It also registers your class with the CCEL, which in turn provides support to you and your students by

  • Connecting students to our Community Partner Directory
  • Helping you and your students find and build community partnerships
  • Recording and tracking completed engagement hours
  • Providing documentation of your high-impact teaching strategies for promotion and tenure files
  • Assessing the CEL experience and sharing results with campus and the community

This designation formally recognizes innovative teaching and gives you the opportunity to actively participate in building a campus culture that celebrates community engaged learning and High-impact Educational Experiences (HIEE) at WSU.

WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA FOR CEL DESIGNATION?

The CEL Curriculum Committee uses the following criteria to determine the designation:

  • Students in the class have a community engaged learning or research experience.
  • The learning outcomes of the course are related to the CEL Learning Outcomes.
  • Students in the class have an opportunity to reflect fully on their community engagement experience.
  • The CEL opportunity relates to the subject matter of the course and is a substantial part of the course.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE CEL ATTRIBUTE?

You can apply in three easy steps:

  1. Update your syllabus to include a clear description of the community-engaged learning project and at least one of the CEL Learning Outcomes.
  2. Complete the CEL Attribute Request Form.
  3. Create and launch a “1.7 Course Attribute Request” in Curriculog (you’ll need to attach your syllabus and CEL Attribute Request Form).

Once you’ve completed the third step, the CEL Curriculum Committee will review your application using the CEL Designation Course Evaluation Rubric. Upon approval, the course instructor, department chair, department administrative assistant, and dean will be notified.

NOTE: the aforementioned are included for notification--they do not need to approve the Curriculog proposal.

WHEN DO I NEED TO APPLY?

For classes taught in

  • Spring Semester: October 1
  • Summer and Fall Semesters: March 1

Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact the CEL Curriculum Chair & Faculty-in-Residence, Rich Fry (rfry@weber.edu).