CEL Designation General Parameters

The CEL designation on courses stands for Community Engaged Learning and simply indicates that the course involves a community engagement teaching strategy such as community engaged 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.

Requirements for CEL Designation:

  • All Community Engaged Learning designated courses must require students to set up a Weber Sync account as per risk management compliance.
  • All Community Engaged Learning designated courses are expected to have students log all hours through Weber Sync for annual reporting purposes as per Carnegie Classification compliance.

Receiving a CEL Designation  

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

Application and Review Process

This application will require your syllabus, your community engaged learning outcomes, your plan for reflection in the course, among other things. Please have these handy.

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.

Committee Members:

  • Isabel Asensio, Chair, CCEL Faculty in Residence, College of Arts & Humanities

  • Sheila Anderson, College of Education

  • Ben Barraza, School of Business & Economics

  • Christy Call, College of Arts & Humanities

  • Tracy Covey, College of Science

  • Shirley Dawson, College of Education

  • Richard Fry, College of Engineering, Applied Science & Technology

  • Jennifer Gnagey, School of Business & Economics

  • T. Grant Lewis, College of Education

  • Gary Johnson, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

  • Scott Moore, College of Health Professions

  • Deborah Neal, Community Partner


Contact: Isabel Asensio    isabelasensio@weber.edu

Cover photo taken by: The Signpost


Online CEL Application

CEL courses at WSU

Application Deadlines for courses taught in:

  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: March 1
  • Fall: March 1 

Watch this video to see why you should designate your course as CEL.

Call for applications