CEL Designation General Parameters

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

Some key things to keep in mind:

  • Any existing course at WSU may receive 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.
  • All Community Engaged Learning designated courses are expected to have students log all hours through Weber Connect 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

The CEL Application requires your syllabus, CEL outcomes, reflection activities, community partners, and so on. You will need to review the requirements listed in the University Curriculum Canvas Course as well. Once you've submitted your application in Curriculog, the CEL Curriculum Committee, which consists of experienced CEL faculty at WSU, will review each application using the CEL Designation Course Evaluation Rubric. After they have approved your proposal, the course instructor, department chair, department administrative assistant, and dean will be notified.


Contact: Becky Jo Gesteland, bgesteland@weber.edu

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CEL Temporary Designation - due Monday, August 12, 2019

CEL courses at WSU

Application Deadlines for courses taught in:

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