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.