Best Practices in Assessing Community Engagement (BPACE): Student Learning Outcomes Assessment

Best Practices in Assessing Community Engagement (BPACE or “Bee-Pace”) is a discussion and networking opportunity for faculty and staff at Campus Compact partner institutions to build their capacity to assess students’ civic learning and development that occurs within a course or program at a university or a college.

All sessions are interactive, online convenings and will be held via Zoom.



  • Registration is now open. REGISTER HERE >>>
  • Enrollment is open through December 10, 2018


  • Notification of acceptance: December 17, 2018
  • Orientation: January 8, 2019 @ 2:30PM (ET) via ZOOM
  • All subsequent meetings will take place once a month between January – May 2019.


The overall purpose of this opportunity is to build the capacity of individuals to assess students’ civic learning and development that occurs within a course or program at your higher education institution. Participants will be given the tools to create an assessment plan that can be implemented to assess the civic dimension of student’s learning and development during their college career.


Participants will be facilitated and mentored through a process of developing and implementing an assessment plan or project that targets students’ civic learning and development (e.g., working with others, civic communication, civic identity, civic literacy or knowledge). Participating in BPACE is beneficial to individuals and institutions seeking guidance in implementing, maintaining, strengthening, or expanding their current assessment plans to include a civic dimension.


Individuals in faculty or staff roles who are responsible for or oversee a course or program that involves students in a highly engaged learning practice (service-learning, experiential learning, internship, capstone project, undergraduate mentored research, learning community, etc.). Participants are expected to come with a specific curriculum, project, learning experience, or course in mind.


After completing BPACE attendees can expect to:

  • List and compare a variety of civic outcomes and how they apply to your course, program, curriculum, discipline, etc.
  • Identify appropriate assessment tools that align with the intended outcome and evaluate tools for applicability.
  • Practice applying assessment tools (direct or indirect) to student artifacts in order to measure civic learning and development.
  • Design a comprehensive, coherent, and transparent teaching and learning experience that enhances students’ civic learning and development.



The curriculum for these tracks are in development and not open for enrollment until winter 2019.

  • BPACE: Faculty Learning and Development
  • BPACE: Systemic and Systematic Tracking & Monitoring
  • BPACE: Program and Process Evaluation
  • BPACE: Institutional Learning or Change
  • BPACE: Community Partners’ Perceptions, Experiences, & Needs