Community Engagement Definition
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching provides the most widely acknowledged definition of engagement defined as:
Community engagement describes the 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.
At UNC, 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. (2015 Carnegie Elective Community Engagement Classification)
Community and Civic Engagement at UNC
Civic engagement has long been a hallmark of education at the University of Northern Colorado, enhancing learning at the intersection of academic and community partnerships in ways that bring groundbreaking solutions for a changing world. UNC’s commitment to engaging students, faculty, academic affairs professionals, staff, and community in mutually beneficial and reciprocal learning and partnerships is expressed through different facets of our work.
Community and Civic Engagement Impact
The UNC Office of Engagement focuses on three key areas of academic engagement, including engaged teaching and learning, engaged research, scholarship and creative works (RSCW) and community engaged partnerships. Please click the images below to explore the different key areas.