Academic and Community Engaged (ACE) courses are taught at the undergraduate level that engage students in community facing work through teaching, learning, research, and service. ACE courses are designated each semester. Faculty interested in having their courses designated as ACE should begin by submitting the ACE Course Designation Request Form. The ACE Advisory Council is composed of faculty from across the college who review, provide feedback, and approve courses for the designation once a semester.
ACE courses connect academic content to community engagement through collaboration with community partners. ACE courses align with the Carnegie Foundation’s classification of community engagement as “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.”
ACE courses are approved by the ACE Advisory Council based on criteria that include, but are not limited to:
- Reciprocity with community partners as co-educators
- Demonstration of relevant and meaningful community engagement
- Clear articulation of intended student learning outcomes and community goals
- Methods of assessment of student outcomes and of community outcomes
- Evidence of integration of academic and engagement goals
Faculty teaching ACE courses employ a variety of methods to engage the community.
Deadline for Fall Courses: Last Monday in February
Deadline for Spring Courses: Last Monday in September
ACE Course Designation Request Form
Shelley Sizemore (firstname.lastname@example.org)