Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

Office of Academic Community Engagement


The Office of Academic Community Engagement at the University of Northern Colorado promotes and supports academic engagement with the university and community, facilitates connections amongst faculty, students, staff and community members, and encourages partnerships that are mutually beneficial to promote community and civic health.

The Office of Academic Engagement recognizes and nurtures community engaged teaching and learning that affords students opportunities to apply content and disciplinary knowledge outside the classroom, thus enhancing their learning experience while also impacting our communities. Courses that include community engaged learning (CEL) opportunities are recognized with a CEL designation. Please note this is an emergent process and courses are continually being updated with this designation.

Community Engaged Learning (CEL)

Community engaged learning is defined as learning that integrates academic content into students’ engagement with the community in and out of the classroom. Community refers broadly to include public, private, non-profit, educational entities, governmental agencies, businesses, and other organizations external to UNC. For more information: or to create a co-curricular resume with community engaged learning opportunities visit