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 for the Advancement of Teaching, 2006).
Before entering data, please have your information available. Here is a list of documents that may assist you in completing the OEI form.
The OEI collects information on several specific forms of Engaged Scholarship:
Texas Tech seeks to establish progress towards the goals of Strategic Priority 4 – Furthering Outreach and Engagement. In addition, we wish to recognize faculty and staff accomplishments in engaged research, teaching, and service. All faculty and staff involved in Community Engagement activities are, therefore, encouraged to share information regarding their engagement work.
Annual data on Texas Tech’s Community Engagement activities will be compiled based on fiscal year periods (September 1 – August 31). The database remains open for input throughout the year so that individuals may enter their information at any time that is convenient. The database will be closed for input on December 3 of every year, at which time all data for the respective prior fiscal year period will be aggregated and summarized.