CBL-Related Professional Organizations

AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. AAC&U initiatives relevant to community-based learning include the following: Bringing Theory to Practice, Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement, Core Commitments: Educating Students for Personal and Social Responsibility, and High-Impact Educational Practices.

The American Democracy Project is a multi-campus initiative focused on higher education's role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy.

Campus Compact, a national higher education association, is dedicated to campus-based civic engagement. Campus Compact promotes public and community service that develops students' citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships, and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum.

The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) has become a leading voice and forum for higher education leaders anchoring and energizing urban and metropolitan communities. CUMU helps its members contend with the complexities of their work by providing opportunities for them to exchange ideas for how to dismantle barriers and institutionalize practices that enable intentional, transformative change involving students, faculty, staff, and community partners.

Imagining America is a consortium of universities and organizations dedicated to advancing the public and civic purposes of humanities, arts, and design.


The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement promotes the development and dissemination of research on service-learning and community engagement internationally and across all levels of the education system.

The Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement serves "as the premier peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal to advance theory and practice related to all forms of outreach and engagement between higher education institutions and communities."


The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning's goals include: "growing the community and deepening the practice of service-learning educators, campus-community partnership practitioners, and community-engaged scholars; sustaining and developing the intellectual vigor of those in this community; encouraging scholarship related to community-engagement; and contributing to the academic/scholarly legitimacy of this work."

The National Center for the Study of University Engagement (NCSUE) seeks a greater understanding of how university engagement enhances faculty scholarship and community progress. The Center convenes scholars and community fellows to explore ways of creating institutional support for building truly collaborative arrangements.


The National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) is a nonprofit membership organization composed of educators, businesses, and community leaders founded in 1971 that strives to cultivate educators who effectively use experiential education as an integral part of personal, professional, civic, and global learning.  

Outreach Scholarship is a national conference which provides an opportunity for critical reflection on the public mission and work of an academic institution and serves to strengthen institutional support for engagement and public scholarship.Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship Retrieved from http://jces.ua.edu/. The mission of this journal is to provide "a mechanism through which faculty, staff, and students of academic institutions and their community partners disseminate scholarly works from all academic disciplines with the goal of integrating teaching, research, and community engagement."