MRU recognizes CSL as a high impact teaching and learning practice where students apply academic theories and processes in service to community organizations through structured partnerships. Community partners and professors work together to develop deep academic learning experiences that address real-world challenges. In an effort to recognize student achievements in CSL, MRU developed the CSL Citation in 2013 (recorded as a co-curricular record in student transcripts).
The CSL Citation is recognition of the academic learning and community engagement successes of students. It is awarded to those who complete three CSL designated courses (minimum of 9 academic credits) throughout their program of study. CSL designated courses entail at least twenty hours of community service and are worth at least 15% of each course grade. Some courses entail CSL projects worth 100% of the course grade and over 100 hours of project work.
MRU is a leader in Canada in CSL. Our students provided more than 300,000 hours of community service during the 2018/2019 academic year, through close to 50 courses and working with more than 450 community partners. CSL courses are offered across many disciplines and are available in every faculty. CSL is supported by the Academic Development Centre (ADC) for curriculum design and pedagogy and research (and the scholarship of teaching and learning directly).
CSL courses, community partner engagement, and faculty support are coordinated by Christian Cook, in her role as an associate faculty developer. Learn more by visiting the Students, Faculty, Community Partner pages, or contact us through the Contact page.