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Any faculty member can choose to implement a community engagement project/assignment in a class. A course does not need to have been previously identified “service learning” or “community engaged." The CCE supports all faculty who are interested in implementing a project – and any course can be loaded into the CalStateS4 system to assist faculty with student placements and community partnerships.

Course Definitions: We define courses as community engaged or service learning based on the student learning experience and community impact, not course title.

Our broad term for these courses is "community engaged learning" which classifies the variety of curricular community-based learning experiences and activities that students engage in that contribute to the public good, commonly through arts, education, equity, health, sustainability, economic development. A course is considered ‘community-engaged’  based on implementation, not title or course label. Within CEL, practices vary widely in terms of depth, breadth and scope of student activities and partnerships. CEL courses may use such terms as fieldwork, applied, practicum, internship, service.

Service learning is a specific type of Community-Engaged Learning in which substantive community engagement and the related community partnerships are a critical component of course learning, with equal focus on community impact and student learning related to social justice or responsibility. Service learning courses may also be labelled with a variety of titles.

All faculty have access to resources through Blackboard. Go to your Organizations list, and you will find the Community Based Learning organization. There is information for faculty on:

  • Important Terms
  • Productive Partnerships
  • Course Design
  • Methods of Reflection
  • Faculty Scholarship

For individual consultations and assistance with implementing service learning and community engagement, please email Emily Chow, Senior Coordinator, Center for Community Engagement


Current Liability Requirements based on the CSU Office of the Chancellor:

  • Any student actively participating in an unpaid learning activity for credit with an organization or external entity must sign a waiver and there must be an MOU in place with the organization.


  • If students are paid and receiving credit, an MOU is not required; however paid students should still sign a waiver which functions as a participation/learning agreement.

Department reporting - For courses/activities not managed through CalStateS4, Community Engaged Learning (paid or unpaid) should be reported to the CCE, including:
  • course information
  • # of hours served and placement sites/student
  • community issues addressed
  • confirmation of site agreements (MOUs)


CalstateS4 is an online platform hosted by the Chancellor’s Office which manages student placements, facilitates the off-campus learning risk management process, and lists community partnership information. Students and faculty may use CalStateS4 for their courses to find and place with organizations who have a current agreement with CSUEB Center for Community Engagement. We manage the CalstateS4 application in an effort to centralize the student placement and risk management processes associated with community-engaged learning.  

All courses that we have identified as community-engaged are automatically loaded into S4 for student and faculty use. Any course may be loaded on a term-by-term basis if a faculty member would like to implement a community-engaged learning assignment.

Faculty Guide to CalStateS4

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The CCE engages in multiple forms of assessment of our programs, activities, and community partnerships. We also develop tools for faculty to use in assessing student learning and constructing strong service learning experiences. Sample rubrics:

Assessing Community Partnerships - Best Practices

Assessing Student Learning - Civic Engagement

Assessing Student Learning - Community Engagement

Service Learning Course Taxonomy - Specific to Service Learning Pedagogy

Community-based Learning Course Taxonomy - Broad Approaches Within Community Engagement

Campus Compact hosts an archive of sample syllabi available at

For tips on syllabus construction - visit our Faculty Guide

Loyola University New Orleans has a well organized database by disciple with open access PDFs of sample syllabi

Additional Resources:

Ballard, Sharon M., Elmore, Barry. “A Labor of Love: Constructing a Service-Learning Syllabus,” The Journal of Effective Teaching, Vol. 9, No. 3, 2009, 70-76 accessed at

Ernest Boyer, former President  of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, wrote one of the seminal works on the scholarship of engagement, "Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professorate" (Jossey Bass 1990). This book is available for loan through the CCE.

Boyer also penned an article in 1996:

Boyer, Ernest. "The Scholarship of Engagement," Boyer, E. (1996). "The scholarship of engagement." Journal of Public Service and Outreach, 1(1), 11-20. Accessed at

Michigan State University has an engaged scholar newsletter

The Engaged Scholarship Consortium hosts conferences and provides resources, note a database of suggested journals for review and publication

For information on how to include community engagement in faculty dossiers here at Cal State East Bay, refer to our this handout on Community Engagement in Faculty Dossiers or our  Faculty Guide

The CCE will host a workshop for faculty on Friday, October 25th in SF 329, 9am - 1pm. 

Presentation  hips-2019-md.pdf

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