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Center for Engagement and Community Development

K-State's Definition of Engagement:

"Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity."

"The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and 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."

Carnegie Foundation

The Center for Engagement and Community Development's Summer 2019 E-Newsletter

We are pleased to share with you the Center for Engagement and Community Development’s summer 2019 e-newsletter. This newsletter includes examples of engaged work that has been at the core of Kansas State University since its land-grant beginning.  In this newsletter, we highlight engaged initiatives from the Center for Engagement and Community Development, the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy, the Rural Grocery Initiative, and the Kansas Healthy Food Initiative. 

We hope you enjoy reading about some of the amazing collaborative work between Kansas State University and its local, national, and international partners.

Click here to visit the Center for Engagement and Community Development's summer 2019 e-newsletter.

2020 Carnegie Foundation's Reclassification for Community Engagement

The Carnegie Foundation's Classification for Community Engagement is an elective classification for higher education institutions. The classification is not an award, but an evidence-based documentation of institutional practice to be used in a process of self-assessment and quality improvement.  There are currently 361 campuses with the elective Community Engagement Classification. Classification is valid for 10 years. Kansas State University first received the Carnegie designation as a community-engaged university in 2010 and has now submitted application for re-classification in 2020.  See our application and executive summary below.

Executive Summary (pdf)

Application (pdf)

The Art of Democracy:  2019 Engagement Symposium

The Office of the Provost, Center for Engagement and Community Development, and the 2019 Engagement Symposium Steering Committee invited campus and community to a day-long symposium that was dedicated to exploring the Art of Democracy. This event was held in the K-State Student Union on March 21 and featured a variety of presentations and performances.  Read more.

Engagement Scholarship Consortium announces call for proposals for annual conference

Any interested faculty and staff are encouraged to consider completing a proposal for the Engagement Scholarship Consortium 2019 annual conference that will be held October 8-9 in Denver. Kansas State University has a history of significant representation at these annual meetings. The deadline for proposals is March 15th. Read the full call for proposals online. 

Contact the center at cecd@k-state.edu or 785-532-6868 with any questions regarding the engagement conference.

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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