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Curricular Implementation Guide

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Academic Connections | FIPSE  | CBR Resources

The Bonner Foundation has gathered resources for the connection of service with faculty and the academic curriculum.


Academic Connections: Student and Staff Efforts

If your campus is not yet ready to consider a minor or certifcate in civic engagement, you may want to consider some other options for expanding academic connections to the Bonner Program or your service program. This might include involving faculty in your co-curricular service proejcts or trips, designing coures, creating an advisory board, and so on.


Check out this guide, which especially highlights strategies that student leaders may be involved in doing alongside staff, as well as valuable resources such as definitions, examples, weblinks, and more.


The FIPSE Civic Engagement Minor or Certificate Project

Since 2003,with the help of a grant from the Department of Education and its FIPSE initiative, five colleges and universities involved with the Bonner Foundation Program have worked to create a civic engagement academic certificate or minor. The purpose of this initiative has been to develop a complementary academic track to a comprehensive community service based program, like the Bonner Program. The schools involved in this pilot project include: Mars Hill College (NC), The College of New Jersey (NJ), Washington and Lee University, UCLA (CA), and Portland State University (OR). In addition a team of senior level and distinguished faculty have participated in the conception and development of this initiative. This group includes professors from the University of Minnesota, Duke University, Michigan State University, Rice University and Wagner College (NY). Finally, another set of institutions—including Colorado College (CO), Lynchburg College (VA), Morehouse College (GA), Rutgers-Douglas College (NJ), Saint Mary’s College (CA), University of Alaska Anchorage, Wagner University (NY), and West Chester University—have also been inspired to create civic education related programs and have begun to develop their own initiatives.


As a result of this work, we have been able to create a great deal of new resources for campuses. These explain how to approach, conceive of, and create such an academic program. In this guide, you will find frameworks, profiles of the academic programs of involved campuses, sample syllabi, and more.


Campus Best Practices

Collection of PDF files detailing some Bonner Campuses best practices.

 Berea Service Learning.pdf - "Service Learning Class: Service, Citizenship, and Community," Berea College

 Berry GEAR.pdf - "Grassroots Education Alliance of Rome," Berry College

 Davidson Writing for Community.pdf - "Service Learning Class: Writing for Community," Davidson College

 Middlesex Research Corps.pdf - "Service and Research Corps at a Soup Kitchen," Middlesex County Community College

 TCNJ Research Corps.pdf  - "Trenton Youth Community-Based Research Corps," The College of New Jersey


Community Based Research (CBR) Resources


CBR resource website: www.cbrnet.org


CBR-related Books:



Community-Based Research & Higher Education: Principles & Practices

by Strand, Marullo, Stoecker, Cutforth, & Donohue



by Randy Stoecker




Civic Engagement at the Center

by Ariane Hoy and Wayne Meisel



Other CBR resources - Community-Based Research projects/resources listed by campus and organization.


Other Service Learning Resources:

Learn and Serve America

Campus Compact

National Learning-Service Clearinghouse



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