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