SP4.2: Carnegie Classification Application
This project aims to make Binghamton distinctive in the breadth and depth of its community engagement by catalyzing new curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular engagement activities. Project accomplishments to date include (1) approval of new Banner designations for courses meeting new criteria for Academic Service Learning and Community Engaged Learning; (2) affiliation with or acceptance into national organizations and nationally-scaled engagement initiatives including: Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU), Imagining America (IA) and the NASPA Lead Initiative (received Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) classification from NASPA); (3) the upgrading of the Community Engagement Associate position to a regular staff line; and (4) a new partnership between CCPA and the Division of Student Affairs to support a community schools initiative in Broome County. While the University will not formally pursue Carnegie Classification in this application cycle, the project leaders look forward ot Road Map funding for additional initiatives in the 2014-15 year.
Goals advanced under this project:
- Improve the University’s social impact on the local community.
Indicators of success for this goal are:
- To increase the percentage of students involved in the local community via volunteerism, service learning, internships to 65% by 2017
Milestones completed since last progress report:
- Faculty Engagement Associate positon: the nation-wide search was successful and Dr. Jessica Arends of State College, PA was hired and assumed her position on Aug 4.
- Communications Specialist position: a regional search was conducted and resulted in the hiring of Laura Reindl, who previously worked in the business sector managing communications and social media.
- Additional courses have been designated for service-learning. Progress is being made to display these in the courses listings for students to view.
- MSW interns, undergraduate interns, and volunteers provided key support to community schools program development and delivery, including: over 3,000 hours of service provided by undergraduates (including 37 University students who tutored and provided academic support to 176 youth through the CCE Youth Development component of the Community Schools Project) and the summer programs in three communities which served a combined 75 students and their families in STEAM and arts camps.
- A new process for tacking communications between students and community partners who post their opportunities in the CCE Service Listings has been implemented. This will allow a more accurate sense of which students have successfully engaged in the voluntary service and internships listed there.
- Access to data reported in the Annual Faculty Report has been provided to the CCE, so now the number of faculty who self-report involvement in the community can be measured.
Last Updated: 9/12/14