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Webinar - Re-Imagining the Engaged Campus: Lessons Learned from Three Institutions

Webinar - Re-Imagining the Engaged Campus: Lessons Learned from Three Institutions

As the Campus Compact network approaches it's 30th anniversary, much attention is being focused on the gains that have been made within the field of civic and community engagement. This milestone is an opportunity to reflect upon the ways in which colleges and universities have advanced the public good and their own strategic priorities by re-defining themselves using the language of engagement. This webinar will explore how three universities went through the process of re-imagining and re-defining their institutional identities using the framework of engagement.

Since 2005, Metropolitan State University of Denver has set out to become a resource to help address the urban needs of the Denver metropolitan region. The vision for this role in the community has been articulated most forcefully at the very top by the University President, Dr. Stephen Jordan. His vision and the mission of the University as an urban public comprehensive university have shaped the distinct direction of community engagement over the last decade. 

University of Colorado Boulder is regarded as Colorado’s flagship public university, with a commitment to reimagining this role for the 21st century. We will explore what it means for a large comprehensive research university to maintain a truly public mission in an era of dramatically reduced state funding, increased focus on the new “three r’s” (recruitment, retention, and revenue), and ongoing innovation in communication and instructional technology. Outreach and engagement are at the heart of our vision of CU-Boulder as a next-generation flagship university, “Serving Colorado, Engaged in the World.”

University of Northern Colorado has been strategically working over recent years to implement a three year plan to institutionalize community and civic engagement. The plan, a result from the work of a campus wide task-force, was informed by research on our campus and across the nation, as well as our strategic planning efforts. The presenter will examine our institutional journey toward receiving the 2015 Carnegie classification as an Engaged Campus, as envisioned in the plan, and illustrate the ways in which we worked from the ‘middle-out’ (Bolman & Gallos, 2001, Ramaley, 2014) to bolster existing efforts and further infuse engagement as a method into teaching, learning and scholarly activity. 




“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
----Viktor Frankl

From the podium situated at the front of the room to the tables set up in uniform rows to the individuals sitting in identical chairs, speckled throughout, this classroom could be any college classroom across the country.  The stories that emanated from this little, plain room...