Community-Based Learning gives students the opportunity to gain valuable experience, explore career directions, develop global citizenship skills, give back to the community, and apply and explore personal and academic interests. Internships, service-learning courses, practica, and community service are all essential parts of the USM experience.
Community-Based Learning (CBL) at USM is a pedagogical approach that integrates academic learning with meaningful experience or work in the community. It is an experiential focus on learning that must be embedded in the curriculum. Students engaged in CBL bring theories, knowledge, and practices developed through academic reading, writing, and analysis to specific topics-related study and work in community sites. CBL advances USM’s mission to foster in students “a spirit of critical inquiry and civic participation.” We believe CBL is a critical element of USM’s commitment to the Maine community.
In the 2013-2014 academic year, USM students participating in service-learning courses, internships, co-curricular service-learning and community service have contributed 214,385 hours in the community for an economic impact of $4,309,193! Please click here to read our latest in-depth report on the hard work in the community done by the Office of Community Based Learning and our excellent students at USM.