Service Learning

Mission, Vision and Values


The Center of Community-Based Learning at Geisler Library is located on 2nd floor north in the Global Experiential Learning Suite. We engage students, faculty and community members in sustained partnerships that foster collaborative learning and civic participation in a diverse society.



A community of collaborative learners who value civic responsibility, critical thinking and diversity.




Goals of Service-Learning at Central


Approaches to Service-Learning



A credit-bearing, educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility. (Bringle and Hatcher, 1995)


Community Engagement

The 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 (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching)