Engagement in Curriculum


Portland State University’s (PSU) motto, “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” exemplifies the institution’s commitment to community engagement and partnership. For over two decades, community engagement and partnership have been distinguishing characteristics of PSU’s mission, strategies, and operations at every level. Historically, the clearest manifestation of this commitment has been the senior Capstone requirement. The Capstone is the culminating, senior-level course in PSU’s University Studies » general education program, consisting of teams of students from different majors working together and collaborating with one or more community partners to complete a project addressing a real-world problem in the Portland metropolitan region.

Community-based Learning

Community-based learning courses engage students in applied work with a community partner as a way to gather, test, and apply content and skills from existing courses. By becoming involved in community activities, students benefit others while enriching themselves, learning about teamwork, civic responsibility, and the application of intellectual skills to community issues. Virtually all academic programs offer community-based learning courses.

Professional Support for Community-based Learning

Faculty and community partners have a campus resource in Jennifer Alkezweeny, who leads programs and provides individual consultation, assisting people in developing community-based learning experiences. Find out more »


Jennifer Alkezweeny