Cleveland Engagement Learning Project

Civic Engagement at Cleveland State University (CSU) is a component of the University’s Engaged Learning practices. It describes collaboration between CSU and the larger community beyond campus – the City of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio as well as state, national and global – for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

These partnerships contribute to student learning and academic scholarship while contributing to the social and economic well-being of Cleveland, its neighborhoods and Northeast Ohio. From one-time volunteer experiences for students to service-learning projects embedded in the curriculum to long-term collaborative partnerships that tackle the region’s toughest challenges, Civic Engagement helps campus and community maximize the benefits of their interdependence.

The Office of Civic Engagement provides support to faculty, students, and staff that allow them to develop, expand, and sustain collaborative, mutually beneficial partnerships with community residents, organizations and institutions. The Office also assists community partners in making meaningful connections to CSU resources and expertise.

The Five Cs: CSU Civic Engagement Framework

Faculty, students and staff are involved in a variety of civic engagement activities at CSU. Although all are valuable in their own ways to student learning and community well-being, they vary in many ways. In an effort to differentiate among these diverse efforts, the University uses a framework called the Five Cs: Connect, Cooperate, Collaborate, Consult and Career. Each civic engagement partnership is associated with one of these five categories to assist university and community stakeholders as they navigate through them. A simple matrix below gives some explanation as to how these categories differ.

 

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Further explanation can be found on the University’s Office of Civic Engagement web page.

If you would like to submit a partnership:

  1. Cleveland State University’s Office of Civic Engagement manages the content of this site.
  2. Content is restricted to activities of community engagement between faculty and academic program managers at Cleveland State University and community partners, including:
    • Grassroots and faith-based organizations (such as block clubs, youth sports teams, church groups)
    • Non profit institutions (such as the YMCA, Urban League, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress)
    • Businesses
    • Government agencies and offices
    • Public institutions (such as public schools, libraries)
  3. “Community engagement” describes activities between CSU and the larger community beyond campus – the City of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, as well as state, national and global – for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. These partnerships add to student learning and academic scholarship while contributing to the social and economic well-being of Cleveland, its neighborhoods and Northeast Ohio. Following this general definition, such activities at Cleveland State University may include (but are not limited to):
    • One-time community service endeavors with students.
    • Semester-long partnerships to assist a community organization or institutions.
    • Long-term community-based research projects that tackle a difficult social issue.
  4. If you are a community partner and want to notify us of your Engagement activity with CSU Click Here. Please describe your Community Engagement project and your CSU contact.
  5. CSU faculty members and academic program managers may submit engagement activities two ways: Faculty are encouraged to report their civic engagement activity through the electronic Faculty Annual Activities Report. Beginning Fall 2014, eFAARS will provide space for faculty to identify their community engagement activities and to give permission for those activities to be posted on the Cleveland Engagement Project portal. To submit a partnership outside the eFAARS process, click here.
  6. Submissions will be reviewed by a review committee coordinated by the Office of Civic Engagement. Those submitting activities will be notified prior to posting.

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