How it works

Who can report? 

Faculty and staff

Binghamton University faculty and staff can either enter their own activities or use a proxy (someone who enters data on their behalf). Your proxy can be a student (e.g. students enrolled in a CEL designated course, a TA/GA) or someone from the Collaboratory team. If you would like us to enter your data on your behalf, you can fill out the Collaboratory Activity Google Form to give us some information to get started with. 


Students entering activities from a community-engaged learning (CEL) course or whose activities were completed in collaboration with a faculty or staff member may enter an activity as a proxy — in other words, on behalf of the faculty or staff member.

Otherwise, students can complete the Collaboratory Activity Google Form. We will enter your activity on your behalf and follow up with you to verify that the information is correct. 

Community Partners

Only Binghamton University faculty, staff and students can activate accounts on Collaboratory. Although community partners are unable to add to the database directly, we have created a Collaboratory Community Partner Google Form where community partners can provide information on activities they are working on with faculty, staff and/or students.

What activities can be reported? 

Activities that are considered community engagement or public service can be entered into Collaboratory.  

For an activity to be eligible for Collaboratory entry, you must be able to answer "yes" to both of the following questions: 

  1. Does the activity directly relate to a public priority or issue? 
  2. Does the activity involve one or more community groups, organizations, agencies or neighborhoods that are external to the University? 

If the answer to either question is "no," your activity does not meet the criteria for Collaboratory. You may consider sharing your activity in other ways, such as through B-Engaged, BingUNews, annual reports, departmental reports, promotion and tenure or permanency packets, and Dateline or B-Line. 

Where are activities reported? How do I report them, and what information is needed?

If you would like to enter activities yourself, visit the Binghamton University Collaboratory page, and log in using your BU login information. Scroll down to the section underneath the search box. If you are a faculty or staff member, click "Add Activities" in the Faculty & Staff box. If you are a student, click "Proxy Activities" in the Students box. 

The basic information needed to report an activity includes: 

  • Title, description, contact information, location(s), date(s)
  • Binghamton University units, community partners, focus areas, target populations
  • Connection to scholarship, research, courses, student involvement
  • Outputs, institutional outcomes, community impacts 

If you would like the Collaboratory team to enter data on your behalf, fill out the Collaboratory Activity Google Form and we will get things started for you. 

More detailed information on how to enter activities is available on the Getting Started page

When can activities be reported? 

Activities may be entered at any time, and you have the ability to enter an activity and update it if it is ongoing or an annual/recurring activity. You may also choose to enter recurring activities individually for each instance if it makes sense to do so. To determine which approach is best, contact Renae at

Why should you share your activities? 

Explore the variety of benefits for you and the University here!