Community-Based Learning: A Descriptive Study on Its Impact on Liberal Arts College Students

Andrés F. Córdoba Arroyo ’20

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in At-risk & Diverse Learners

Faculty Sponsors: Prof. Marquis Dwarte, Ed.D. (research advisor) & Prof. Kay Beard, M.Ed. (writing advisor)


Community-based learning was studied in this project as it relates to the impact on college student leaders. More specifically, using the Community-Based Learning Impact Scale, student leaders at Goucher College were asked to rank the impact of engagement in community-based learning on their professional development, psychological well-being, civic engagement, and academic learning. Using a convenience sample of 13 students, this study found an overwhelming positive effect across all areas aforementioned.