The Office of Community Engaged Learning is a one-stop shop for resources related to connecting students, courses and faculty scholarship to the community. Community Engaged Learning describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity (Carnegie Foundation, 2016). Read more about the Drake definition of community engagement and service-learning under the About Us section.

There are many ways to integrate a community component into a course. At Drake, community engaged learning opportunities are designed to link learning outcomes to community needs in order to deepen student’s knowledge and development. Many factors including course learning goals, the size of the class, the academic preparation of the students, and the community partnership or project type, are important to think through and our office can help, contact us today!


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  • Quick Glance at the Facts:
  • Community connections: Drake has partnerships with more than 100 nonprofit organizations and schools
  • A culture of service: More than 80% of Drake undergraduates engage in service by the time they graduate.
  • A track record of success: Drake has been nationally recognized with the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification and the Corporation for National and Community Service President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

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March 19, 2018
A new exhibition in Cowles Library examines the life and work of Jay N. “Ding” Darling, two-time Pulitzer-prize winning political cartoonist and environmental conservationist.