Our Approach

Mission Statement

The mission of the Center for Engagement and Community Development is to promote engagement across the breadth of our campus- in teaching, research, and outreach - and to connect the vast resources of K-State to the significant issues of public need facing Kansas and communities worldwide.



Engagement is a form of research, teaching or service in which collaborative efforts between university and community stakeholders result in scholarly activity and community benefit around a public issue.

Engagement should include:

  • Shared partnerships between university and non-university stakeholders,
  • collaborative work,
  • work that addresses some community need, goal, or dream,
  • work that is mutually beneficial to all parties in the relationship, and
  • the creation and sharing of new knowledge
Qualities of Engagement from APLU (Word Document)

Core Engagement Documents

Kansas Compact (2007): Presidents' Declaration on the Civic Responsibility of Higher Education. (PDF)

Boyer, E.L. (1990). Scholarship reconsidered: Priorities of the professoriate.

Carnegie Foundation. (2006). Community engagement elective classification. http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/descriptions/community_engagement.php

Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land Grant Universities. (1999). Returning to Our Roots: The Engaged Institution. http://www.aplu.org/NetCommunity/Document.Doc?id=183.

NASULGC Extension Committee on Organization and Policy. (2002). The extension system: A vision for the 21st century. http://www.aplu.org/NetCommunity/Document.Doc?id=152.

National Science Foundation. (1999). Letter from the Director of the National Science Foundation announcing two new evaluative criteria for NSF proposals. See criterion on broader impact to society. www.nsf.gov/pubs/1999/nsf99172/nsf99172.htm .

"The Centrality of Engagement in Higher Education."  Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement.  Volume 16(3).  2012. Authors: Hiram E. Fitzgerald, Karen Bruns, Steven T. Sonka, Andrew Furco, and Louis Swanson. http://openjournals.libs.uga.edu/index.php/jheoe/article/view/861/575