Students gain something special in CCLCP
CCLCP students represent a wide range of academic and professional interests. Most major in Liberal Arts & Sciences fields as varied as biology, criminal justice, English, political science, anthropology, sociology, and psychology. Others pursue degrees from the Colleges of Education, Architecture and the Arts, Business Administration, Engineering, or Nursing. Many CCLCP students, after earning their bachelors degrees, go on to professional school in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, law, or social work, or embark on a master’s degree.
Most CCLCP students, like most UIC students, are Illinois residents. Typically, roughly half of each CCLCP cohort attended suburban Chicago high schools, and about half attended high school in Chicago, although, typically, a few students in each CCLCP “class” come to UIC from Illinois high schools outside the Chicago metro area. An overwhelmingly majority of CCLCP students attended public high schools.
Caitlyn Costello, CCLCP 2004-06
CCLCP aims to help students acquire core academic knowledge and skills, engage with community and civic life in meaningful ways, and develop their leadership talents. CCLCP is very different from other academic programs because it offers undergraduates the chance to apply what they learn in the classroom in real-world contexts. Student projects “escape” the classroom because CCLCP students work in partnership with community-based organizations that address a range of civic, social and cultural issues. It is extremely unusual for undergraduate first- and second-year students to have course-related opportunities to learn from working professionals in an off-campus setting.
CCLCP student projects not only happen in the real world, but also have consequences for people who live and work in that world. CCLCP students’ projects are important to community life. The work of CCLCP students is worth far more than just a grade.
Megan Borowski, CCLCP 2007-09