Community-Based Learning combines the best of active learning and civic engagement by connecting classroom learning with service projects that benefit the community. Students gain hands-on experience that puts course material into practice, while creating mutually-beneficial relationships with community partners to make a real difference.


Contact Information
David McLennan
209A Lux Hall
(919) 760-2287

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Students who participate in community-based learning report strengthened academic performance, increased motivation to engage in their coursework, and heightened awareness of issues impacting the community. In fact, nearly 98 percent of students felt that their community-based learning experience significantly increased their knowledge about issues and concepts presented in the classroom.

How it works

Meredith Students removing and recycling plastic from various products.
Community-based learning is much more than a service project. It’s a way to both deepen your learning and give back to your community. Read more »
Campus Compact is a national consortium of schools dedicated to community engagement. Meredith is a founding member of the North Carolina affiliate. Read more »

Community Partners

Our strong community partners are essential to making community-based learning work. Read more »

Study Abroad

Some students engage in community-based learning while studying abroad, giving them the opportunity to connect with their host community and deepen their learning. Read more »