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Priorities and Actions 

Build a culture of civic engagement and civic learning across campus.

  • Transform the current service learning program into a civic engagement program by strategically identifying and addressing community needs and applying the knowledge, skills, and energy of the campus community to those needs.
  • Transform the service learning requirement to an intentional civic engagement experience.
  • Replace the service learning advisory board with a civic engagement leadership structure similar to the Council on Internationalization and Global Engagement.
  • Revise the Faculty and Academic Staff Rules and Procedures (FASRP) and department or program evaluation plans to recognize and reward community-engaged teaching, service, and research.
  • Include civic engagement as a Strategic Accountability Matrix metric.

Integrate non-course civic engagement experiences into the Liberal Education Core.

Develop stronger and deeper collaborations with community partners through civic engagement.

  • Inventory campus-community partnerships and civic engagement activities.
  • Identify and develop at least one long-term community project with potential for large-scale community impact. The project will involve at least one community partner with multiple disciplines and campus stakeholders.
  • Engage community partners to lend financial, human, and in-kind resources to civic engagement efforts that support collaborative projects.
  • Share successful models of collaboration and develop new models of collaboration to recruit additional community partners.