Community-Based Learning

Welcome to Community-Based Learning at UW-Whitewater

The program for Community-Based Learning (CBL) supports the mission and core values of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater by providing opportunities to help students succeed in their academic programs and beyond. CBL houses a service-learning High Impact Practice, which complements other student success initiatives and campus programs. CBL and UW-Whitewater collaborators, together, foster a campus community that is characterized by inclusive excellence for all students at UW-Whitewater.

Civic engagement and Community-Based Learning play a prominent role in what it means to have a high quality, liberal education and educate students who are prepared for the 21st century. A liberal education helps students develop a sense of social responsibility, as well as strong and transferable intellectual and practical skills such as communication, problem-solving, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge in real-world settings.

CBL Overview


CBL Impact


The Program for Community-Based Learning offers support for:

    • Service-Learning: Service-Learning is a high impact practice that engages students with course material, while also developing civic responsibility.
    • Community-Based Research: Community-Based research collects data that is used to improve services and programs offered to the community through the process of collecting and analyzing data, while allowing students to practice research and problem-solving skills.
    • Community-Based Learning Fellows Program: A year-long faculty development program designed to explore best practices in community-based learning and to revise an existing course to develop a service-learning or community-based research component.
    • Community Engagement Assessment: An impact measurement and evaluation of community-based projects and programs.

"The heart of a vibrant democracy is educated, engaged citizens who are able to make choices for themselves, their families, their communities and their country. In this respect, the success of American postsecondary education is critical to the success of American Democracy.” - Committee on Economic Development


Contact Info

Jodie Parys
Director, Program for Community-Based Learning
Phone: 262-472-5070
Location: LT 3130