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Center for Civic Engagement

Welcome Faculty and Instructors!

The Center for Civic Engagement’s (CCE) Academic Program works closely with faculty and instructors to integrate service learning into numerous and diverse courses offered at WSU. The CCE provides various levels of support and resources to faculty and instructors who wish to offer their students a unique experience that includes the many benefits of service learning.

Student civic engagement is a form of experiential learning, a cyclical model of experience, reflection, conceptualization, and testing (Kolb 1984). WSU students who participate in civic engagement activities have the opportunity to enhance their academic and personal growth in these areas:

  • Civic Responsibility: Understanding issues in the community and the responsibility of citizens to participate in the democratic process and work toward positive change in society
  • Self Awareness and Efficacy: Identifying one’s own values and interests; respecting and appreciating the perspectives and life situations of others; and gaining confidence to take action that makes a difference
  • Academic Success: Acquiring and strengthening knowledge by applying academic concepts to real issues in the community, leading to success in the classroom and development of professional skills

If you are interested in learning more, or if you would like to consider a community engagement component for your course, research, or scholarship agenda, please contact our Faculty Consultant at

Students in discussion about a course project.

What is Service Learning?

Students with their garden on wheels course project.

Service learning is a “…form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning and development” (Jacoby, 1996).

Service learning is a teaching strategy used to advance academic learning through civic engagement. The CCE connects communities to WSU faculty and students to work on issues to impact our community while deepening the understanding of course content.

Course Development

The CCE Faculty Consultant supports faculty with:

  • Curriculum design and service learning integration
  • Partnership identification and development
  • Project development
  • Project delivery and reflection
  • Ongoing support throughout the semester for students, faculty, and community partners
  • Service learning notation ("C") that can be included in the course schedule to identify academic sections containing a community service learning component
Faculty introduces their students' course project presentation to a large audience.