Frequently Asked Questions
- What is ENGAGE?
ENGAGE is a five year plan to develop structured and accessible Community-based Engaged Learning (C-bEL) experiences that connect students with the community. Students participating in these experiences will develop the experience and skills to become informed citizen leaders prepared to make a contribution to the public good.
Review the ENGAGE 101 presentation (pdf).
- What is C-bEL?
C-bEL (SeeBell) is an acronym for Community-based Engaged Learning. At Georgia College, C-bEL is a label applied to courses and co-curricular experiences that meet all four of the following criteria:
*Integrates theory and practice
*Provides direct community experiences for GC students
*Incorporates mutually-beneficial collaborations with one or more community partners
* Engages students in critical reflection using the ENGAGE reflection prompts
- What isn’t community engagement?
If an experience you design fits into the above parameters, you can justify it as a C-bEL experience. It is within the limits only of your imagination that a C-bEL experience can be imagined and designed.
- I am a community member, how do I get involved?
Community members are encouraged to propose projects. To get connected with an GC partner for your project, contact the ENGAGE office and we will help you find a partner.
- I am a faculty or staff member, how do I get involved?
There are many levels at which faculty and staff can become part of ENGAGE, which range from workshops to multi-year project grants. More information including application materials available on the ENGAGE blog.
- Does this have to be an individual faculty project or can my whole program get involved?
Programs are strongly encouraged to apply for multi-year project grants to become an ENGAGE program. (More information)