University of Alaska Anchorage

  • Center for Community Engagement & Learning

    The Center for Community Engagement & Learning (CCEL) serves as the intersection of student learning, faculty research and creative activity, and community engagement.

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Shannon Donovan: Bridging the gap between classroom and real life  

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CCEL Public Scholars: A generation’s debt inspires UAA’s Public Service Scholars to open a dialogue for collaborative solutions

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Herminia Din: Reduce, reuse, recycle: How one UAA professor is educating students on the art of upcycling

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Katherine Ohle and Jennifer McKay: UAA professors connect new teachers with classroom libraries

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CCEL Community Engaged Student Assistants: Getting Involved

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Carnegie Foundation

Community Engaged Institution


CCEL connects academic programs with community needs to use scholarship and action for the mutual benefit of the University and the State, its communities, and its diverse peoples.

Since 2006, UAA has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a “Community Engaged Institution.”  CCEL serves as a central locus for the intersection of student learning, faculty research, and community engagement.  UAA uses the Carnegie Foundation's definition of community engagement for our work with communities: "Community Engagement describes the 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."