Community-Based Learning for Students

The Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning facilitates opportunities for students to connect academic learning with civic engagement. Students enrolled in CBL courses extend their learning beyond the classroom through service and research projects that benefit our partner organizations in Worcester.

These courses can be found in most academic departments and concentrations.  CBL Placement courses require a weekly commitment, for a total of 15-25 hours per semester. The time commitment for CBL Project courses varies, depending on the nature and scope of the project.


What did students say about CBL?

90% said CBL helped them to learn more deeply than they otherwise would have.

93% said CBL helped them to connect their course material with the real world.

82% said CBL increased their interest in the course material.

87% said CBL helped them to better understand the problems society faces.
87% said CBL was valuable for their personal growth.

(Data from 2012-2014 CBL Assessments)