Benefits of Community-Based Learning for Community Partners

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead



  • Community-Based Learning provides an opportunity for a community to shape students’ values and to prepare students for engaged citizenship, leadership and community participation after college, all essential things in democratic society.
  • Community-Based Learning helps with community education and contributes thousands of hours of community engagement to people in need, non-profit agencies, private sector companies, non-governmental and governmental agencies, hopefully alleviating poverty and making the community a better place to live in.
  • Establishing a partnership with the university ensures that self-identified community needs will be met, and a long term partnership provides for a sustainable sources of assistance for years to come.


I have seen the reality of poverty first hand in a way the textbook cannot relate to… I believe more classes need to install this component. – Marshall University SL Student