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Colgate faculty interested in incorporating community-based learning into courses should feel free to contact the Upstate Institute for inspiration and connections to the local community.

Course Development Grants

Colgate Faculty may apply for a course development grant through March 20, 2015. Upstate Institute Course Development Grants provide faculty with the resources necessary to offer students immediate opportunities to apply research skills in the support of local agencies that exist to provide service to the community. A Course Development Grant will support a course that provides a community-based research component in one or more disciplines while addressing a significant, community-identified need. 

Course Development Grant Application 2015 (doc)
Course Development Grant Application 2015 (pdf)


Campus Compact provides a searchable database of syllabi for courses that incorporate community-based learning that are taught at member institutions. The database is available on the Campus Compact website.

Digital Commons

The Upstate Institute Collection at Digital Commons provides faculty and students with a searchable online repository of research projects that have been conducted for and with community organizations in Upstate New York. 

Local Sites of Interest

Faculty interested in taking students to sites in the area that illustrate course themes may find the interactive map produced by Madison County Tourism helpful for ideas. The county tourism blog is also helpful for timely information about community sites and events. The Madison County Passport program ended in 2012, but still provides valuable information about twelve culturally and historically significant attractions in and around Madison County, NY. The Oneida County Tourism site also includes an interactive map that covers the Utica and Rome communities.

Highlights of the Community Trip

The Upstate Institute provides an organized trip for Colgate faculty interested in exploring the region in search of ideas for sites of local interest that might enhance their course curriculum. Faculty interested in participating in this trip should contact Julie Dudrick at the Upstate Institute for more information, dates, and an itinerary.