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This document explains how community engagement and service learning courses are defined, identified, and managed at San Francisco State University. This document is a resource for departments and faculty on moving a course through Course Leaf, identifying the required attributes, and requirements for student placements and community partnerships.

Defining Community Engagement & Service Learning Courses

Courses are identified based on the student learning experience and community impact – not course title or label. Courses may use such terms as applied, capstone, community engagement, fieldwork, internship, practicum, service.

SUBMIT a CELT Surveyfor proposed or current CEL course

Attributes are applied within CIM and are designated through the CSU Community Engaged Learning Tool (CELT) V2 Survey. After submitting the CELT survey for the course, you will receive a confirmation email if the course has been designated an attribute (CCEL or CSLI) or if more information is needed. If more information is needed, ICCE will follow up with you. Begin the CSU Community Engaged Learning Tool (CELT) v2 survey.


Follow up with ICCE for

Once you have completed your Course Proposal on CIM with your CEL attribute, connect with ICCE on how we can support you and your students with

  • Site placement with our 440+ community partners
  • Risk Management Support
  • Connect you to another Faculty to consult in the design, development and implementation of your course or activities – or just to discuss or share information about CEL related issues and concerns.


create Ulink Account and your're ready to go!

ICCE strongly recommends departments use ULink, which handles student placements, community partnerships, and data reporting. ULink is SF State's office community engagement online portal, directly engage with 440+ diverse community partners, managed by ICCE. Through ULink, ICCE can:

  • Promote and coordinate service-learning projects/sites, co-curricular service, & academic internships
  • Showcase community engagement opportunities, research opportunities
  • Track, manage & approve service hours
  • Connect all stakeholders including faculty, students (teams), & community partners Collect & store various required forms and documents
  • Risk Management: CSU EO 1064 compliant


REVIEW the CEL Essential Elements for cel attributes

Again, courses are identified based on the student learning experience and community impact - not course title or label. For example, if an "internship" has formal department or discipline learning objectives, and student community-based activities contribute to the common good - then this course may be a CCEL or CSLI course. CCEL may be selected as a default. Based on Chancellor's Office guidelines, campuses are required to use two course attributes to identify community engaged and service learning courses:

  • CCEL - Curricular Community Engaged Learning
  • CSLI - Community Service Learning
Please contact the Institute of Civic and Community Engagement with questions: icce@sfsu.edu


NEW Curricular Community Engaged Learning

Community-based experiences that enhance course learning, benefit the common good*, and take place in collaboration with community partners. Courses vary in scope of community engagement, integration within the course, and collaboration with the community partner. *For example through arts, civic engagement, community health/well being, economic development, education, equity, sustainability,

community Service Learning

Substantive community-based learning and the community partnerships are a highly integrated and critical component of the curriculum and student learning experience. The benefit to the community partner (and the common good) is clearly identified, with equal focus on community impact, collaboration, and student learning specifically related to civic learning, equity, social justice or responsibility.





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RECIEVE Cel Attribute EMAIL confirmation

Once you have completed the CELT Survey, you will receive a Confirmation Email with your designated CEL attribute (either CCEL or CSLI). If more information is needed, ICCE will follow up with you



SELECT assignedCEL Attribute on Cim course proposal

Once you have completed the CELT survey and received your confirmation email with your designated attribute (CSLI or CCEL), access your Course Inventory Management (CIM) and click "Propose New Course." When going through the online proposal form, you will be asked: Open configuration optionsPlease select the attribute that has been designated to your course.



Existing csl Courses

For course that are currently list as CSL, ICCE recommends you still take the CELT Survey and edit the designated community engagement course attribute if needed. All CSL designated courses prior to Fall 2022 should be on the current ICCE CSL Courses List. If the course is not on this list, please email icce@sfsu.edu. *Please note that this list is undergoing revisions based on the current Chancellor's Office course inventory.

student site placement and community partnerships

for questions or support, please email: icce@sfsu.edu