What We Do
The main mission of the Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL) is to engage students, faculty and staff members in direct service, civic engagement, and community research to promote civic participation, build community capacity, and enhance the educational process.
Three Pillars of CCEL
Direct service experiences often involve working directly with community residents to meet an immediate need. Examples of direct service include, but are not limited to: volunteering to serve meals at a homeless shelter, using academic knowledge to develop an electronic food-monitoring database for a food pantry, serving as a mentor or tutor in a local school or youth development program, cleaning up the banks of the Ogden River, or coaching a city youth sport.
Civic engagement experiences often involve raising awareness about issues of public concern and working more systematically through both political and non-political processes to create change. Examples of civic engagement include, but are not limited to: attending organized discussions about pollution; community organizing; writing a letter to an elected official; engaging others in the process of deliberative democracy; or producing information about community issues.
Community research experiences often involve gathering information with and for community organizations to solve a pressing community problem or create change. Examples of community research include, but are not limited to: community needs assessment survey; water quality or scientific assessment; or program evaluation for non-profit organizations.
The Center For Community Engaged Learning, formerly the Community Involvement Center established in June 2007, is a strategic partnership between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs that provides both curricular and co-curricular community engagement opportunities for campus constituents in partnership with local community organizations. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners come to the CCEL to create connections and opportunities to give and grow through learning and experience, and to build a community that thrives.
Carnegie Community Engagement Classification
The CCEL received the prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification in 2008, and again in 2015. The Carnegie Foundation's Classification for Community Engagement is an elective classification, meaning that it is based on voluntary participation by institutions. The elective classification involves data collection and documentation of important aspects of institutional mission, identity and commitments and requires substantial effort invested by participating institutions to tell the institution’s story around community engagement.
President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
Weber State University received the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll every year it was offered before the program was discontinued in 2016.
Community Engagement (2021-2022)
Total Community Engagement
- Student hours (including estimates) = 119,742.09
- Recorded hours = 81,213.82
- Unique students = 2,884
- Annual estimated financial equivalent for community engagement = $3,489,285*
* $29.14/hour as estimated by Independent Sector: independentsector.org
Curricular Community Engaged Learning Hours
- ~4,938 CEL students
- ~38,528.27 CEL hours
- 377 CEL classes
- 212 CEL instructors)
Co-curricular Community Engaged Learning Hours
- 1,391 students
- ~81,213.82 recorded co-curricular hours on GivePulse
- 88 community partners
- 86 WSU AmeriCorps members completed the program
- 39,289 hours completed by successfully exited members
$167,992 in scholarship money awarded to successfully exited members
Excellence in Community Engagement
- 49 students
- 25,735 hours
More About Excellence in Community Engagement
Weber Cares Food & Resource Pantry*
- 1,280 client visits
- 16,708 pounds of food distributed