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Center for Community-Based Learning

The Center for Community-Based Learning


The Center for Community-Based Learning (CCBL) builds upon UNF’s history of community engagement that began when the University was founded in 1972. Community-Based Transformational Learning is the backbone of UNF’s community engagement efforts as it provides students with rich, real world opportunities that enhance student learning, personal development and civic involvement while also contributing to the enrichment and well-being of the greater Jacksonville community and beyond.

While the University has always had a commitment to the community, the Center was founded in 2009, in support of UNF’s first Quality Enhancement Plan focused on Community-Based Transformational Learning (CBTL).


All UNF students have a high-quality community engagement experience and all Ospreys are civically engaged.


The Center for Community-Based Learning provides professional development, training, services, and opportunities for Ospreys to engage with the community and civic participation.


  • Service for the Public Good in greater Jacksonville and beyond
  • Partnership and Reciprocity 
  • Building Strong Communities
  • Ethical Education
  • Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
UNF is proud of its distinction as a Carnegie Community Engaged Institution (2010, 2020) and adopts the Carnegie Foundation's definition of Community Engagement:

Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.

Supporting UNF's Community Engagement and Community-Based Transformational Learning (CBTL)

Curious about what is happening with the Center for Community-Based Learning? Check out our Events webpage for updated information on events and programs for faculty, staff, students, and community members. 

The Center for Community-Based Learning has compiled important democratic participation information in one location. The Civic Engagement webpage is a one-stop shop for voter education and information.

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