ACE Your Course


Academic Community Engagement promotes the application of course content within the community setting through partnerships with the community. Students learn to value community involvement and develop an enriched understanding of the benefits of their service with the ultimate goal of becoming lifelong engaged citizens that contribute to the public good.


Academic Community Engagement (ACE) is a teaching method that combines community engagement with academic instruction. Within this teaching method, we apply the Carnegie Foundation definition of community engagement: 

Community engagement describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching, and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.

ACE Courses Require:

  • The faculty member identifies one or more course objectives that students will address through their ACE experience.
  • A statement regarding the importance of community engagement is included in the syllabus.
  • The faculty member requires a reflection assignment about the ACE experience that is evaluative and graded as indicated in the course syllabus and included in the final course grade.
  • For every one-hour of course credit, each student should dedicate a minimum of three hours to the ACE experience. For example, a 3-credit course would require a minimum of 9 hours on the ACE experience per student per semester.

Application Deadlines

While The Center for Community Engagement will accept applications and renewals any time during the academic year, there are definite deadlines if the professor wants the ACE designation to appear on the Registrar’s official schedule of classes:

  • Spring Courses – October 15
  • Summer Courses – March 15
  • Fall Courses – March 15