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Center for Engagement and Community Development

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.



"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


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