Center for Community Engaged Learning

Community Engaged Learning Designation

CEL Designation General Parameters

The CEL designation on courses stands for Community Engaged Learning and simply indicates that the course involves a community-based learning teaching strategy such as service-learning or community-based research.

Some key things to keep in mind:

  • Any existing course at WSU may work for this designation.
  • The CEL experience in the course may be required or optional for students.
  • Individual sections of courses may receive the CEL designation for individual instructors, or all sections of a course may receive the CEL designation if all sections, regardless of instructor, offer a CEL experience to students.
  • Community partnerships in CEL-designated courses are with non-profit organizations; although, for-profit organizations that serve the underserved and marginalized populations or that need assistance with social justice issues also qualify.

Receiving a CEL Designation  

Receiving a CEL designation on your course announces to students at the time of registration that your course involves a service-learning or community-based research project. It also registers your course with the CIC, which in turn provides support to you and your students.

Application and Review Process

Complete and submit the online application.

The CCEL’s CEL Curriculum Committee, consisting of experienced CEL faculty at WSU, will review each application.  The course instructor, department chair and secretary will be notified by the CCEL’s CEL Curriculum Committee chair after the committee completes its review of applications.

Online CEL Application

CEL courses at WSU

Application Deadlines for courses taught in:
  • Spring: September 15
  • Summer:January 15
  • Fall: February 15

Watch this video

to see why you should designate your course as CEL.

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