ACE Course Designation

ACE Course Designation

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. The following courses have been approved by the ACE Advisory Council:

ANT 325A: Roots of Racism: Race and Ethnic Diversity in the US
ANT 336: Myth, Ritual, and Symbolism (Follmar)
COM 270: Activist Rhetoric (Sizemore)
COM 355: Health Communication (Giles)
COM 353: Persuasion (Giles)
DCE 122: Movement for Men (Soriano/Brown)
EDU 101: Issues and Trends in Education (Brown)
EDU 103: Preparing for Community Engagement (Sizemore)
EDU 368: Professional Experiences in Education (Baker)
EDU 395: Teaching Diverse Learners (Parker-Moore)
ENV 201: Environmental Issues (Zarzar)
FYS: Contemplative Traditions (Weithaus)
HST 367: Public History: Refugee Resettlement (Blee/Sinanglou)
REL 101: Intro to Religion (Pace; Weithaus)
REL 344/690/ESE322: Religion, Poverty, and Social Entrepreneurship (Weithaus)
WGS 377B/WGS677BG/HST371A: Trangender History, Identity, and Politics (Mazaris)
WRI 111: Exploring Community Writing (Mathis)

Program Information

Courses may be submitted at any point for review. The committee will review submitted courses once a semester.

ACE Course Designation Request Form

Shelley Sizemore (