As an anchor institution in the collection of urban neighborhoods in Indianapolis known as the Near Northwest Area, Marian University is deeply committed to the wellbeing of resi-dents and the role of community engaged learning in higher education.
Informed by the traditions of Catholic Social Teaching and our Franciscan Sponsorship Values, community engagement at Marian University leverages higher education to produce social change through authentic relationships, asset-based approaches, and high-impact practices. Students often report that community engaged learning experiences are some of their most lasting and transformative moments as undergraduates. Community residents also indicate positive outcomes and are often involved in the design and delivery of commu-nity engaged learning courses.
Marian University’s definition of Community Engaged Learning, adopted January 2022:
At Marian University, Community Engaged Learning (CEL): Combines academic course-work or co/extra-curricular active and experiential inquiry with the application of institu-tional resources to generate and sustain relationships with communities through:
According to the 2021 National Survey of Student Engagement, 88% of Marian University students reported their courses have included a significant community-based project.
Community engaged learning is a high impact practice and is embedded in coursework as well as co-curricular activities and student athletics. Through engagement and service, students form lasting relationships with community residents and gain experience in directly addressing social concerns.
Schools & Majors that Require Community Engaged Learning:
Co-Curricular Programs that Require or Strongly Encourage Community Engaged Learning:
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Marian University does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, age or disabilities in the selection of administrative personnel, faculty and staff, and students.
*Placement rates are gathered from data collected from graduates within six months of graduation.
Students may make a complaint to the Indiana Commission of Higher Education.
Marian University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, Indiana.
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