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Center for Engagement and Community Development

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

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.

2017 ESC Conference Call for Proposals Now Open

The 2017 Engagement Scholarship Consortium conference will take place in Birmingham, Alabama, on September 26th-27th, with the pre-conference workshops taking place on September 24th-25th.  Proposals are sought for presentations and posters that will inform or advance the scholarship and practice of engaged scholarship and university-community partnerships through research findings, innovative program design and partnership models, proven community/institutional impacts, effective curriculum or service-learning models, collaborative policy development and integration, or successful civic engagement practices. The online submission deadline for proposal submissions is March 15, 2017. Read more here. 

Nominations Now Open: K-State Excellence in Engagement Awards

Nominations for the K-State Excellence in Engagement awards are due Feb. 1, 2017. An announcement of two awards will be made by approximately Feb. 15, 2017. Any campus faculty, professional staff or extension professional is eligible. Awards may go to an individual or a partnership team. 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.

Engage Magazine

The Center for Engagement and Community Development is pleased to present the inaugural issue of Engage – a magazine that takes a deeper look at the exciting and important engaged scholarship being conducted on campus, around the Manhattan community, across the state and throughout the world.

Engage brings to life a sample of the engaged work happening across all mission areas of the university – research, teaching, and outreach/service.  It highlights a cross-section of our faculty who are working collaboratively with community partners to address some of society’s most significant challenges.

Kansas State University is truly an engaged university and we hope you enjoy reading about some of the amazing faculty conducting public work that exemplifies the land grant mission.

View the Engage Magazine here.

Scientific Communication

Scientific topics and experiments can appear overwhelming to someone without a scientific background. A team consisting of a K-State scientist (Michi Tobler, Assistant Professor in the Division of Biology) and educators at Sunset Zoo (Jared Bixby, Curator of Education, and Nicole Wade, Education Specialist) is trying to change that. 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.

2015 Engagement Benchmarking Highlights


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Technology, the Economy, and the Workplace

  • Patents. K-State patents, corporate patent sites, country patent databases, federal patent resources, fee-based patent resources, and more.
  • Technology Development. Development resources at K-State including the Commercialization Leadership Council, K-State Research Foundation, Advanced Manufacturing Institute, and more.
  • Technology Transfer. Technology transfer office at K-State, other universities, the state of Kansas, and more.
  • Business Development. Resources available to Kansas, including KTEC, Wichita State Center for Entrepreneurship, Kauffman eVenturing and more.