Community-Based Transformational Learning
UNF students, faculty and staff maintain a longstanding and ongoing commitment to active community engagement. In 2009 the University adopted a Quality Enhancement Plan that focuses on creating more Community-Based Transformational Learning (CBTL) experiences for its students. Through CBTL, students are able to practice and apply their academic skills to solve authentic, real-world problems that address community-articulated needs.
The University works hard to maintain strong community partnerships and create enriching CBTL experiences for its students. In 2010, UNF received The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's Community Engagement Classification. This classification acknowledges UNF's commitment to community engagement as well as its effort to improve teaching and learning strategies through community-based projects.
The Center for Community-Based Learning was established to assist community organizations, faculty and student affairs professionals in creating and maintaining CBTL opportunities. The staff at the Center works with UNF faculty and student affairs professionals to develop learning opportunities that fit both the needs of the community and the student.
Specifically, the Center for Community-Based Learning is here to:
Before contacting the Center for Community-Based Learning, please consider what type of opportunity will best meet your organization’s needs. Do you need student volunteers for a one-time event? Would you like a consistent volunteer on a weekly or monthly basis? Are you seeking a team of students for a short-term project? Do you require students with some experience in a particular field or set of skills? Can you provide an opportunity for a class or small group of students who are engaged as part of an academic course? These questions are important to think about when creating meaningful experiences for both the community members and students.
The staff at the Center works hard to maintain contact with community members on a regular basis. While UNF's community engagement efforts grow, input from both community and university members is important. Details on some of the current and previous efforts can be found here.
At the University of North Florida, students become engaged in the community in five particular ways. Please click on the links for a better understanding of how these five experiences look in the community.
Working with students on CBTL experiences provides community organizations with the following benefits:
Please contact Melissa Tiberio, Coordinator of Community Partnerships, for more information.
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