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Objective 3.2

Promote and support increased community engagement by faculty, staff, and students.

 

Reference to Previous Strategic Plans:   ASP 04.  6.1   FSP 99.  1.7

ExCom Member:

Provost, VPSA

Assessment Tool:

1) National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) --percentage of first-year students and seniors responding “very much” or “quite a bit” on extent that their CCSU experience has “contributed to your knowledge, skills, and personal development in contributing to the welfare of your community”

2) National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) --percentage of first-year and senior students indicating that before graduating they have done or plan to do community service or volunteer work

3) National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) --percentage of first-year and senior students indicating that have “participated in a community-based project (e.g. service learning) as part of a regular course”

Baseline:

1) NSSE (2007) first-year: CCSU 26% seniors: CCSU 36%

2) NSSE (2007) first-year: CCSU 70% seniors: CCSU 60%

3) NSSE (2007) first-year: CCSU 23% seniors: CCSU 30%

Goal:

1) exceed the percentages for same Carnegie class public institutions in the given year

2) exceed the percentages for same Carnegie class public institutions in the given year

3) exceed the percentages for same Carnegie class public institutions in the given year

Progress:

NSSE (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) first-year: CCSU (37%, 46%, 39%,42%); Carnegie (44%, 44%, 44%, 47%) seniors: CCSU (37%, 39%, 42%, 37%); Carnegie (44%, 46%, 46%, 49%) 2) NSSE (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) first-year: CCSU (70%, 71%, 72%, 75%); Carnegie (76%, 77%, 78%, 79%) seniors: CCSU (65%, 65%, 66%, 64%); Carnegie (70%, 71%, 74%, 75%) 3) NSSE (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) first-year: CCSU (35%, 38%, 34%, 37%); Carnegie (38%, 37%, 37%, 38%) seniors: CCSU (38%, 43%, 41%, 41%); Carnegie (49%, 47%, 47%, 49%)

 

Enabling Activities:

  • Appoint coordinator of community engagement initiatives.

  • Offer faculty development in community engagement activities.

  • Publicize community engagement projects.

  • Establish Community Engagement Advisory Committee, including representatives from community-based organizations.

  • Assign a "C" designation for courses that focus on community engagement.

  • Provide for informal community learning environments where purposeful programming and community standards assist and encourage students.

  • Increase service learning and community service opportunities for students, faculty and staff

  • Propose minor in community engagement.

  • Institute assessment of community engagement activities

  • Maintain community engagement webpage

  • Expand outreach to New Britain and Hartford

  • Expand programming and support for Community Central

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