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CEL Attribute

The CEL attribute allows faculty to “flag” their courses in MyDUSIS. 

There are many ways to integrate community activities into a course. We recognize that CEL extends beyond traditional service-learning and may include a field experience, practicum, internship, capstone, research project, clinical, co-op, or co-curricular activity. See our philosophy page for specific definitions of service-learning, community engagement, etc. The experience may be a direct service/activity, or research, or other off-site work that benefits a community partner. Community Partners may be public, community-based, private, an industry business or academic organization working at the individual, neighborhood and city, regional, state, national, or international levels.

Courses with the CEL attribute must contain the following components:

  • Learning Outcomes: The community engagement activity is tied to one or more course learning outcomes.
  • Application and Integration: Guided by their instructor and working with a community partner, students engage with a community issue (local, regional or global), integrating theory and practice.
  • Reciprocity: The community experience seeks to offer value to the community partner as well as to the students.
  • Reflection and assessment: Students intentionally participate in reflection on the community experience (ethical and civic dimensions), the discipline and themselves.

Process for Requesting CEL Attribute 
CEL Request Form
The decision to add the CEL attribute is that of course instructors. Instructors wishing to add the CEL attribute to their courses should complete a CEL Request Form. The syllabus for the CEL course should clearly indicate how the course meets the four criteria above. For additional considerations review the CEL Course Development Rubric.

Attributes must be added by the first day of registration.

Community News
April 24, 2018
Drake University received Iowa Campus Compact's Community Partnership Award in recognition of Drake's longstanding collaboration with Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC).