Connect with Collaboratory at the SCUP Conference

SCUP Conference

Planning to be in Seattle for the Society for College and University Planners (SCUP) conference this July?  Tuesday, July 16, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. PDT, we invite you to learn more about Collaboratory over lunch at the Arctic Club Seattle, 700 3rd Ave Seattle, WA 98104 (P) 206-340-0340.  

Two Collaboratory core administrators — Dr. Kristin Norris, Director of Assessment in the Office of Community Engagement at IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) and Dr. Jessica Mann, Director of The Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research at Duquesne University — will share how they are using Collaboratory to organize all community engagement in one place, share the institution’s story of engagement more broadly on and off campus, and integrate accurate, comprehensive, longitudinal data related to community engagement into their institutional strategy.  They will be joined by Collaboratory Chief Strategy Officer, Dr. Lisa Keyne, who can answer questions about bringing Collaboratory to your institutions.  

We hope to see you in Seattle.  To RSVP for the lunch on July 16th, or for additional information, please contact Lisa at

Dr. Kristin Norris is excited to attend SCUP for the first time:

“Our Senior Advisor to the Chancellor – the person responsible for implementing our strategic plan and reporting to a variety of stakeholders — suggested the SCUP conference as a place that I can learn more about how those outside of “my bubble”, think and talk about the work of campus-community partnerships, and how we might be better partners in data collection and use.  I’ve been at IUPUI for nearly 13 years and the majority of my time has been in community engagement.  

When we began implementing Collaboratory a couple of years ago, we started by entering data related to community engaged faculty projects that we knew about.  But that quickly snowballed into other types of projects, many related to other stakeholders on campus (e.g., economic development, curriculum internationalization, career council, all high-impact practices, etc.). We realized that Collaboratory is extremely helpful for our office/center — for community engagement — but others outside of our usual circle were interested in using the tool and the data as well. After mapping data collected in Collaboratory with the campus’s strategic plan, we knew that the long-term success of Collaboratory is in providing evidence the campus needs for all aspects of the strategic plan, initiatives, accreditation, designations (e.g., Carnegie, STARS, IEP) and more.  These conversations with people and offices I never knew existed, all doing important work that should inform each other, convinces me that  in order to truly institutionalize community engagement we need to work together and understand each others’ initiatives and strategies. Collaboratory supports that effort.”

Attend Kristin and Jessica’s session at SCUP: Align, Support, and Measure Your Institution’s Community Engagement

3:15 PM– 4:15 PM | Washington State Convention Center, 611-612 

Presented by: William Generett, Duquesne University | Stephen Hundley, Senior Advisor to the Chancellor, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis | Jessica Mann, Director, Center for Community-Engaged Teaching & Research, Duquesne University | Kristin Norris, Director of Assessment Community Engagement, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis:  

Session Description: Community engagement can be key to an institution’s success, but often it is not strategically driven, aligned with other planning efforts, or appropriately supported and measured. We will discuss how to align community engagement with systems, policies, processes, and practices in an institution. Come learn how to align community engagement efforts with institutional goals (diversity and inclusion, grants and partnerships, student success, and more), how to make sure community engagement is adequately supported, and how to measure the outcomes of your efforts.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Determine who is involved with community engagement on your campus and who is responsible for convening stakeholders.
  2. Align community engagement to foundation relations, institutional planning, and academic planning.
  3. Take an inventory of the various campus-community partnerships that currently exist at your institution and create a systematic process for collecting data regarding community engagement.
  4. Assess the resources your institution needs to support community engagement and gauge whether community engagement strategies are supporting institutional goals.