Texas Tech University

OEMI Definitions

Engaged research and creative activity

May include applied research, capacity building, evaluation studies, policy analysis, and demonstration projects. Such activities are considered outreach when they are conducted in collaboration or partnership with schools, health organizations, nonprofit organizations, businesses, industries, government agencies, and other external constituents. Most generally they are intended to directly impact external entities or constituents while developing new knowledge. Research conducted specifically for academic purposes or that is shared solely with academic audiences does not constitute outreach research.

Technical or expert assistance

Activities where TTU personnel respond to requests from individuals, programs, or agencies and organizations external to the university by sharing their knowledge, expertise, and skills in order to help those entities build capacity to achieve their goals. TTU personnel provide this assistance through direct interaction with the external constituency (as opposed to responding by delivering a pamphlet or reference to a Web site or the like). Activities may focus on using expertise to address or improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the organization or to improve knowledge and skills. This category includes such activities as consulting work that is performed for the benefit of the constituent, expert testimony and other forms of legal advice, assisting agencies and other entities with management and operational tasks. Technical assistance is much broader than providing technology-based assistance even though this might be a form of technical or expert assistance.

Engaged instruction: credit courses and programs

Courses and instructional programs that offer student academic credit hours and are designed and marketed specifically to serve those who are neither traditional campus degree seekers nor campus staff. Such courses and programs are often scheduled at times and in places convenient to the working adult. Examples include: a weekend MBA program, an off-campus Master's program in Nursing offered in a rural area, an online certificate in medical technology for laboratory professionals, etc.

Engaged instruction: non-credit classes and programs

Classes and instructional programs, marketed specifically to those who are neither degree seekers nor campus staff, that are designed to meet planned learning outcomes, but for which academic credit hours are not offered. In lieu of academic credit, these programs sometimes provide certificates of completion or continuing education units, or meet requirements of occupational licensure. Examples include: a short-course for engineers on the use of new composite materials, a summer writing camp for high school children, a personal enrichment program in gardening, leisure learning tours of Europe, etc. Programs designed for and targeted at faculty and staff (such as professional development programs) or degree-seeking students (such as career preparation or study skills classes) are not included.

Engaged instruction: public events and understanding

Resources designed for the public include managed learning environments (e.g., museums, libraries, gardens, galleries, exhibits); expositions, demonstrations, fairs, and performances; and educational materials and products (e.g., pamphlets, web sites, educational broadcasting, and software). Most of these experiences are short-term and learner-directed.

Service learning

Service learning is a pedagogy that links academic study and civic engagement through thoughtfully organized service that meets the needs of the community. Service Learning provides information, support, and opportunities concerning service learning to students, faculty, and community members, fostering an appreciation of the academic and social values of community engagement.

Clinical service

All client and patient (human and animal) care provided by university faculty through unit-sponsored group practice or as part of clinical instruction and by medical and graduate students as part of their professional education. For example, this may include medical/veterinary clinical practice, counseling or crisis center services, and tax or legal clinic services.

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