At Manhattan College, a record number of students are involved in community-based learning. Faculty and students are partnering with local organizations to connect material learned in the classroom with service to the community. One such partnership with nearby Fordham-Bedford Housing Corporation (FBHC). Education students work in the after-school program, engineering students are in the field learning about structural stability of buildings, and business students preparing free tax returns for local residents, among other projects. Students are challenged to apply their learning to the local community.
Rani Roy, Ph. D., assistant vice president for student and faculty development, describes the force behind this focus on community-based learning (CBL) is the mission of the university, by saying “The more places we have CBL embedded in the curriculum, the more students will view this as part of the mission.” Roy reports that 40 percent of 2016 graduates had at least one CBL experience during their time at Manhattan College.
Read more on the community-based learning at Manhattan College here.