SUBJECT: New Course Attributes for Fall 2023 - Community Connected and Community Engaged!

February 1, 2023 at 8:52 AM

Good Morning Friends and Colleagues: 

As a part of the recent PBL conversations and work towards renewing Carnegie Engaged Campus Reclassification, a group of faculty and staff have developed campus-wide definitions of Community Connected and Community Engaged-PBL in order to create new course attributes. The attributes will be added to the course schedule each semester and signal to students the opportunity to register for a community connected or engaged course. 

The definitions of Community Connected and Community Engaged-PBL derive from the thoughtful work that each college and campus partner has undertaken to more fully capture the depth of engaged work already happening at UM-Dearborn. For example, courses that have been approved for the Academic Service Learning (ASL) attribute  will automatically qualify for a Community Engaged-PBL attribute. 

All faculty are invited to consider applying for the following attributes should the learning outcomes listed under the Community Connected or Community Engaged-PBL designations fit your course(s): 

In Community Connected PBL courses students will:

  • gain skills communicating and interacting with those outside of the campus community

  • develop networks and professional relationships with those outside of the campus community

  • reflect on their own potential to positively contribute to society through civic engagement

These outcomes could be reflected in courses by including:

      a. An introduction to interacting with community partners and organizations

      b. The establishment of a foundation for future partnership work

Examples include: inviting a guest speaker, taking a field trip, other single activities.


In Community Engaged PBL courses students will:

  • Gain the ability to understand and articulate their own assumptions about helping others and the potential limitations of providing “solutions” to others

  • Understand the needs and perspectives of various stakeholders within and external to campus and develop mutually beneficial projects with community partners

  • Develop the capacity to examine the world through the lens of equity and justice, and to act as engaged citizens

These outcomes would be seen in a course that:

     A. Is rooted in mutual benefit and a commitment to sustaining a partnership

     B. Involves a major project, scaffolds activities, or structures the whole course (50-100%)

Examples include: developing business plans alongside vendors at Eastern Market, working with a nonprofit to streamline their communications strategy, engaging with a corporate partner on a research project, and other mutually beneficial activities

Please review this decision tree to assist in determining which attribute, resources, and possible next steps may apply. 

The Community Connected/Community Engaged-PBL Attribute Application is live now! In order to attach an attribute for a Fall 2023 course, please submit your application form by February 20, 2023. 

Office of Metropolitan Impact | University of Michigan-Dearborn will take the lead on reviewing application forms and ensuring attributes are added appropriately each semester. After the initial application, faculty / courses who have applications and attributes approved will not need to apply each semester, rather, they will be contacted to confirm if the course is running. 


Maureen Linker, Ph.D.

Associate Provost 

Office of the Provost

1080 - Administration Building
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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Phone: 313-593-5030