During the months of December 2015 through March 2017
1. Each department must create a team consisting of the department chair, three faculty members and a representative from a nonprofit or public-sector community partner with which members of the department have already worked or would like to work more strategically.
2. Participating teams must:
- Attend both days of the Engaged Department Institute* and develop a plan for institutionalizing the department’s engagement
- Implement the plans developed during the Institute during the following 18 months
- Send at least two team members to attend four community of practice meetings
- Work with the research team to gather data and assess the results.
3. Activities that departments and teams may consider, but are not limited to, include the following:
- Develop plans for new community-based learning courses
- Redesign existing community-based learning courses for greater impact
- Scaffold community-based learning in the departmental curriculum to meet both learning goals and the developmental needs of students
- Enhance assessment of student learning
- Strategically develop and/or deepen key community partnerships and increase community impact
- Plan and implement cultural changes that will support community-based teaching and/or research at the department level
- Offer development opportunities that enhance faculty capacity for high-quality community-based teaching and/or research