The CCCE provides a variety of types of support for ACE course implementation, from presenting to students on ACE and ethical community engagement to paying honoraria for community knowledge holders.

Presentations to ACE Classes

CCCE staff can present to your students on the ethics of academic civic engagement and working with community partners. Contact the Associate Director to discuss which kind of presentation is the right fit for your course. These can range from a 20-minute introduction to ACE with reflection question prompts to help launch the project, to a full class session co-designed with faculty, the ACE director, and the community partner.

Logistical Support

The CCCE has a comprehensive list of logistical support resources available. The most common types of logistical support needed by ACE courses are described in more detail below.


The Carleton Transportation page is the best source of up-to-date information on both Northfield-area options (Carls Go! and Hiawathaland Transit) and college fleet vehicle rental. Fleet vehicles often book up early – we recommend reserving them as soon as you know your dates. Students need to be campus drivers in order to drive fleet vehicles.

To request Field Trip Funds, please email Eric Egge. You can also ask your department. ACE does not have a transportation budget. If you are having trouble accessing transportation funds for your class, please reach out to us.

Paying Community Knowledge Holders

a group of students stands by a field at Sharing Our Roots Farm in Northfield

The CCCE recommends paying community co-educators for their time when you are engaging their expertise for the students’ benefit. However, if the community co-educator is working with your class as part of their job with a non-profit organization, it may be appropriate to instead donate the honorarium to their organization. If the community co-educator is doing the work as an activist, organizer, community member, etc. we encourage you to pay them individually, unless they specifically request that their honorarium is donated.

The CCCE has funding available (an average of $200 total per ACE course) to pay community knowledge holders who work with ACE courses. You can request this funding via the ACE funding request form. Priority will be given to faculty who have consulted with the CCCE.

We recommend paying community co-educators $100/hour. Their compensated time should include their prep time with you, the time they spend with the class, and any dedicated reflection time with faculty after their presentation.

Internal Grants

Here is a link to internal Carleton grants that may be helpful for support ACE courses or public scholarship work.

Event Support

Contact the ACES coordinator for assistance with reserving event spaces at Carleton, getting food for ACE events, and help with event publicity. You can request funding for ACE events via the ACE funding request form.

The Carleton Humanities and Arts Trailer (CHAT)

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The CHAT is available for use by ACE courses and for Carleton faculty public scholarship. It is a great resource for hosting community events and collaborations. For more information and the reservation form, please see the CHAT website.

Preparing Students for Community Engagement

Have your students complete the liability waiver if their ACE project is off campus.

Have your students complete the Working with Minors training (under “Training” on the logistics page) if they will be working with minors during your ACE course.

The CCCE has developed a draft project planning worksheet to help students think through some of the project management aspects of their ACE projects. This document is intended for general use by ACE courses – you are welcome to tailor it to your specific course.