Each year, on behalf of the Chancellor, the Office of Community Engagement collects information from instructors about courses they taught during the current academic year that included one or more modes of community-based teaching, including but not limited to service learning. In the 2014 academic year, the focus of data collection expanded to capture community-based learning. The shift from “service learning” to “community-based learning” reflects a broader scope of engaged learning and attends to a wide range of campus-community partnerships.
The purpose of the Curricular Engagement report is to provide faculty, staff, and administrators with information that illustrates the frequency of community-based learning at IUPUI. The report contains descriptive information about curricular engagement as it relates to types of courses (e.g., internships, practicum, etc.), course level (graduate, undergraduate), and formal course designations (e.g., RISE).
The information is intended to be used as a starting point for conversations within units about how faculty are partnering with the community and opportunities to explore how this is related to both student learning and success and/or partnership outcomes. The information is also used as evidence to support the civic engagement mission of the institution including award applications, reports, performance indicators, and faculty/staff/departmental development strategies.