Penn State Altoona’s Center for Community-Based Studies (CCBS) is an interdisciplinary community learning laboratory.
The following principles have guided the Center’s development:
- Meaningful, sustained partnerships must tap the CORE MISSIONS of the institutions and organizations involved;
- Meaningful, sustained partnerships require INSTITUTIONALIZED SUPPORT to bridge the operational differences among sectors;
- Meaningful, sustained partnerships require coordination of MULTIPLE TYPES OF ENGAGEMENT, from course projects to independent or group research to academic internships.
- Meaningful, sustained partnerships inspire STUDENT SUCCESS, from skills development in leadership and problem-solving to critical thinking and effective communication relations.