Ongoing Programs

Curricular and Logistical Support

As part of its mission, CEAL provides curricular and logistical support to faculty and graduate students preparing for engaged learning courses. Our many success stories include:

  • The creation of site-specific curricular and training materials for Project Community
  • One-on-one consultations on course development, which resulted in a new Residential College course “Transgender Politics and Community Activism” (offered Winter 2014)
  • Transportation coordination for the Spanish Language Internship Program

New CEAL Working Group Explores Holistic Assessment Practices at April Meeting

The Community-Centered Pedagogy (CCP) Working Group assembled April 23 to discuss "Assessment: Tools and Best Practices." Participants focused on identifying how changes in service-learning and institutional culture call for new, holistic approaches to assessment.

CCP convenes faculty and staff from across the university's Ann Arbor campus. The April meeting, organized by the Center for Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL), was attended by 23 faculty and staff, including representatives from the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Engineering; and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, as well as from the School of Nursing, Social Work, Information, Education, and Law.

Facilitated by CEAL Director Denise Galarza Sepúlveda, the meeting began with an overview of the shift in service-learning from student-centered to community-centered approaches. As several participants noted, communities should be recognized as places of expertise and knowledge co-creation; community partners are integral to the process of co-identifying opportunities, resources, and solutions.

Participants also discussed changes in institutional culture, particularly the shift from academic partners working individually to collaborating in interconnected and multidisciplinary ways. While learning more about best practices in reconceptualizing the role of community and sustaining academic opportunities for students, faculty and staff networked with one another to share best practices in community-centered learning domestically as well as abroad.

The CCP Working Group will reconvene Fall 2014.