The 10 Qualities of Engagement
- Engagement brings the University's intellectual resources to bear on societal needs.
- Engagement is a form of scholarship that cuts across teaching, research, and service.
- Engagement implies reciprocity, whereby both the institutions and partners in the community benefit and contribute.
- Engagement blends scientific knowledge from the university with experiential knowledge within the community to establish an environment of co-learning.
- Engagement involves shared decision making.
- Engagement is a practice that enables faculty to be better scholars, enhances the learning experience for students, and multiplies the institution's impact on external constituencies.
- Engagement is actively listening to all stakeholders that reflect the diversity of our communities—especially including those stakeholders who have not been engaged before.
- A university is engaged when stakeholders see the institution as the “resource of choice” when dealing with an issue or problem.
- Engagement documents and evaluates its effectiveness through traditional measures of academic excellence.
- The quality of engagement is tied to public accountability and is measured by impact and outcomes on the communities and individuals it serves.
Source: Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities - Council on Engagement