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Annual Outreach and Engagement Inventory
By Birgit Green

In an effort to capture projects and activities that engage the university with its communities at the regional, national, or international level, Texas Tech faculty and staff are invited once again to participate in the annual assessment of any Community Engagement activities that they may have been involved in as part of their role at Texas Tech.

The information gathered is critical for the institution’s documentation of progress towards Strategic Priority 4 - Further Outreach and Engagement. Data reported will also support Texas Tech’s 2014 reapplication for the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification which it originally received in 2006.

The new Outreach and Engagement Inventory, formerly known as the Outreach and Engagement Measurement Instrument, seeks to gather qualitative and quantitative information on any projects or professional activities conducted in partnership with and for the direct benefit of external communities (see the Carnegie Foundation’s Definition of Community Engagement below).

Faculty and staff are asked to provide information on any community-engaged research, teaching or service activities that they may have been involved in during Fiscal Year 2013, Sept 1, 2012 through Aug. 31, 2013.

Thanks to the streamlined format of the instrument, the reporting of any particular project or activity should take no more than 10 minutes. The deadline for reporting FY13 projects is Jan. 15. The database will be closed for input after the deadline.

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. 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.

For more information, contact Birgit Green, Office of Engaged Research and Partnerships, or Craig Morton, Office of Planning and Assessment.

Birgit Green is director, Engaged Research and Partnerships.