About CCEL


The Center for Community Engagement & Learning 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.

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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."

Strategic Goals:

  1. Develop & support faculty & students in the pedagogy & practice of community engagement & learning.
  2. Provide leadership for "effective" community engagement, outreach & partnerships at UAA.
  3. Be a catalyst, convener & connector for addressing community issues & engaging the university for the future of Anchorage & Alaska.

CCEL Strategic Plan 2014-16 

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Designations for Community-Engaged Teaching, Research & Creative Activity

Community Engagement & Service Learning Curricular Definitions
Designations for Community-Engaged Research & Creative Activity 


"Teaching Excellence in an ENGAGED University" reports highlighting community-engaged teaching at UAA: