ACE Course Designation

Academic Community Engagement (ACE) courses integrate academic and community-based learning. The Carnegie Foundation defines community engagement as “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.”


ACE Advisory Council

The ACE Advisory Council is comprised of faculty from across the College who review syllabi, provide feedback, and approve courses for the designation once per semester.

ACE courses are approved by the ACE Advisory Council based on the following criteria:

  • Reciprocity with community partners as co-educators
  • Demonstration of relevant and meaningful community engagement
  • Clear articulation of intended student learning outcomes and community goals
  • Methods of assessment of student outcomes and of community outcomes
  • Evidence of integration of academic and engagement goals

If you have questions about ACE Courses, please contact Shelley Sizemore

Courses may be submitted at any point for review. The committee will review submitted courses once a semester.

Submit a Course for Designation