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Community-based learning, Civic engagement, Higher Education -- Social aspects, Online learning and distance education, Portland State University -- Curriculum


Portland State University (PSU) is honored to have the opportunity to create this special issue of Metropolitan Universities. “Curricular Innovation: Engaged Capstones at Portland State University” has offered PSU the meaningful opportunity to reflect and identify some of the hallmarks that have contributed to the successful launch, evolution, and sustainability of the university’s community engagement efforts. This publication shares the story and the lessons derived from PSU’s innovative general education reform, particularly in regard to the senior-level capstone which is the signature and culminating aspect of our community-engaged curriculum. Articles also review complementary pedagogical practices and institutional policies, and some recent innovations in the engagement agenda at PSU. This issue is meant to provide illustrations and lessons learned that we hope will prove useful to other faculty, administrators, and campus communities that wish to initiate or advance engaged learning and community-campus partnership activities within their curricular contexts.


This is the publisher's final PDF. Permission received from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) on behalf of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. The definitive version was published online at

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