Michigan State University embraces community-engaged learning as a viable and vital method of fulfilling MSU's land-grant to world-grant mission, and supports academic community-engaged learning as a teaching pedagogy. University Outreach and Engagement's Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL) provides services and opportunities to faculty, students, and community partners.


The Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL) supports university faculty from across all colleges and majors in creating learning opportunities for students by integrating meaningful community engagement into their college courses.

Services offered to faculty include:

  • Assistance in identifying community partners
  • Course development tools and resources to enhance service-learning experiences
  • Community-engaged learning orientations
  • A Service-Learning Toolkit to assist MSU faculty and instructors in creating community-engaged learning courses
  • A Resource Library, where faculty can find toolkits, planning resources, and video content detailing methods for taking theory to practice and showcasing faculty exemplars related to community-engaged learning
  • Student enrollment database to register for community-engaged learning positions

Learn more about the community-engaged learning resources offered to faculty.


Students who participate in community-engaged learning contribute to the public good of local, national, and international communities via beyond-the-classroom and course-based learning experiences. They enrich their academic knowledge with real-world applications and develop personal, professional, leadership, and citizenship skills.

UOE's Center for Community Engaged Learning provides beyond-the-classroom learning opportunities that are...

  • active
  • service-focused
  • community-based
  • mutually beneficial
  • integrated with students' academic programs

Learn more about the community-engaged learning resources offered to students.

Community Partners

The Center for Community Engaged Learning invites community organizations and agencies to partner with the MSU community by actively engaging students. This section contains information about posting or updating position listings; explains the process by which volunteers are placed with an agency; examples of volunteer service programs; provides links to any required forms; and clarifies the roles of the CCEL, the agency, and the student in this partnership.

Learn more about the community-engaged learning resources offered to community partners.

For more information, contact Renee Brown
Director, Center for Community Engaged Learning