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Projects with Promise

Vol. 25 No. 2

The Environment Corps: Combining Classroom Instruction, Service-Learning and Extension Outreach to Create a New Model of Community Engaged Scholarship at the University of Connecticut

May 7, 2020


An extensive faculty partnership at the University of Connecticut (UConn) that reaches across college and departmental lines is engaged in a project that seeks to enhance, expand, institutionalize, and study a new model for community engagement. The model, called the Environment Corps (E-Corps), combines the familiar elements of classroom instruction, service-learning, and extension outreach to create a method of engagement that aims to benefit students, faculty, surrounding communities, and the university community itself. This article describes the structure and history of E-Corps; details the institutional setting, faculty partnerships, and pedagogical strategies involved; and discusses early evidence of impacts and future prospects.