A Unique Approach to Higher Learning
Community-Based Studies (CCBS) is an interdisciplinary community learning laboratory that facilitates academically grounded, real-world problem-solving opportunities for undergraduates. Students work closely with organizations and individuals in the community while applying the skills, perspectives, and knowledge gained through formal academic study to issues that matter in our region.
Students and faculty members from all academic disciplines are invited to participate in identifying, planning, and implementing projects that are deeply educational and broadly beneficial to the community.
Student Success Center, 125 Eiche Library
About Community-Based Studies
The following principles have guided CCBS at Penn State Altoona:
- 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 the 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.