In an effort to provide additional ways for Carolina to connect with communities, these reference materials may be used as resources to support public service and engagement.
In 2006, the University applied for and was granted classification in Community Engagement by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Carolina was one of 62 institutions in the country that met the requirements for the combined category in the first round of classification, recognizing Carolina’s continual collaborations with the community and our commitment to fostering community service among students, faculty and staff.
During spring 2013, all UNC campuses piloted a set of system-wide metrics for engagement and economic development proposed by UNC General Administration. Following that pilot, representatives of system schools met to discuss revisions and suggestions. A final set of indicators was subsequently developed for data to be collected and reported for the 2013 – 2014 academic year. Metric areas include: 1) Connecting to the community and economy, 2) Discovering solutions, 3) Community collaboration, 4) Noncredit education and service and 5) University in action. The Carolina Center for Public Service will be working with the Office of Institutional Research to gather this information. For a complete list of the metrics, visit UNC Metrics.
The 2009 taskforce report states that “engagement is a core component of the University’s mission,” and defines engagement for the campus as either engaged scholarship or engaged activities. Read more of this report online.
The Academic Plan: Reach Carolina sets the campus priorities for the next decade, and public service, engagement and engaged scholarship are defining characteristics of the plan.
As stated in the executive summary
“Because the University exists to serve not only its students but also the state, nation, and the world, Reach Carolina embraces enthusiastically a comprehensive approach to engagement that will recognize, stimulate, and reward excellence in teaching and research on the part of all members of the campus community.”