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Center for Engagement and Community Development

By engagement, we mean:

"The partnership of university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching, and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values, and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good."

Association of Public and Land Grant Universities

White Paper on Engagement, 2011

Now accepting applications for a Technical Assistance Associate 

K-State's Center for Engagement and Community Development (CECD) formed a leadership team of interested rural food access stakeholders and launched the Rural Grocery Initiative (RGI) in 2007. Our work continues to expand. We are now seeking someone to join our team and assist us with the Kansas Healthy Food Initiative (KHFI) within our healthy food access work.

For more information, read the full position description here.

K-State Joins Imagining America to Increase University's Arts Extension, Outreach

Kansas State University is advancing its cultural arts engagement by becoming part of Imagining America, a national consortium that aims to create transformation in higher education and beyond. Read more here.

Community Engagement: Living Our Land-Grant Mission

As one of the country’s oldest and most deeply rooted land-grant institutions, Kansas State University has made a positive impact on communities near and far. Through K-State Research and Extension, Kansas State has a rich history of service to communities all across the state of Kansas, and that commitment to service continues to expand and grow through community engagement activities throughout the university. Read more here.

Engagement Benchmarking Tool

To track university engagement, an online survey of faculty and academic staff regarding their scholarly outreach and engagement was developed. Data collected through the K-State EBT demonstrate the university's collective commitment of time, scholarly resources, and research discoveries for the direct benefit of citizens, communities, and organizations in Kansas and communities worldwide. The EBT is a tool that benchmarks the university's progress toward Theme 4 of K-State's Vision 2025 plan, gathers data for re-accreditation of Carnegie's community engagement classification, and provides data used for reporting to the Kansas Board of Regents and the Higher Learning Commission.


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