Introduction to PACE
Partnering Academics and Community Engagement is a Clayton State University initiative designed to enhance student learning by having academic content applied to service learning opportunities within the local community. The program was launched in 2014 as an aspect of the Quality Enhancement Plan of Clayton State University. PACE courses are designed to enhance learning through the process of connecting academic course content with service opportunities in the community as a concept of academic community engagement. Distinct from voluntary service and internships, in community engaged classes students and their instructors leave the classroom and engage actively with their communities to experience real-life connections between their education and everyday issues in order to make learning come alive (Cress, 2005). It is based on pedagogical and practical considerations to introduce community engagement into the classroom. As PACE is implemented, you will see community-engaged courses offered across all disciplines and majors. This guide is an invitation to experience you as a collaborator in learning through serving.