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Advanced CEL Course Development and Approval

Faculty members who wish to develop a project or experience and receive Advanced Community Engaged Learning (CEL) designation for a course that has already been approved by their School can do so by following 4 simple steps.

5CF335CE-B6C3-4C88-A2C5-F76E74C386CD-2001-000001CAE44F5196Center for Community Engaged Learning & Research Information Session: The first step in the process is to meet with staff from the Center for Community Engaged Learning & Research (CELR) to review the Advanced CEL criteria, hear about existing class projects, learn about the needs of existing community partners that might be a good fit for the class, and discuss the types of support that might be available during the implementation stage.

Advanced CEL Project or Experience Development: If needed or desired, CELR Center staff will work with individual faculty members to design CEL projects or experiences for their students. Among other things, this could include finding and suggesting a community partner, designing detailed plans with those partners, and providing on-site peer leaders (if the partner is also the host to a Bonner Community Scholar Team) to assist with the project when the class is in session.

CEL Advisory Committee Review: Next, faculty members submit their proposals to the Director of the Bonner Center, who will ask for a review by the Community Engaged Learning Advisory Committee to the Liberal Learning Program Council. This Committee includes the Chair of LLPC (or designated member of LLPC), the Director of the Bonner Center, and the Associate Provost for Liberal Learning.

As noted in the criteria section, the submission shall include a course syllabus, a description of the project and what the students will do when engaged in the 17 hours of off-campus work, and the significant piece of written or creative work that meets the community engaged learning outcomes.

For more information about Advanced CEL courses and processes, contact Heather Camp at or Patrick Donohue at