Exploring the Nature of our Partnerships: Institution-wide Data Collection on Community Engagement
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 8:30am-1:00pm PDT
Teams of engagement administrators, leaders, and advocates joined us in developing strategies to identify, collect, interpret, and use community engagement metrics. Through large group presentations, small group discussion, and individual team work, participants:
We were pleased to recognize Dr. Emily Janke, Collaboratory Administrator at UNC Greensboro, as she presented the keynote for the Community Engagement Track at the 2018 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis, IN.
Keynote Session: Rethinking What We Want and Need to Know about Partnerships
Monday, October 22, 2018 | 10:00am-11:00am EST
While partnership principles are central to community engagement, practical understanding of how reciprocity and mutual benefit are actually enacted is challenging due to interrelatedness of issues, layers of interactions, and diversity of people, purpose, and process. How can we improve how we track, assess, and research community-campus partnerships such that we can see institutional portraits of community engagement and improve both the study and practice of reciprocal and mutually beneficial partnerships?
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | 2:30pm-5:00pm EST
Treetop Commons invited current Collaboratory administrators to join us in Chicago, Illinois, for our second annual Collaboratory Summit, immediately following the CUMU Conference. This event supported administrators to deepen their understanding of community engagement and public service at their institutions.
Facilitated by Kristin Medlin & Lisa Keyne
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 | 1:00pm-1:30pm EST
Data is a means AND an end: Closing the Assessment Feedback Loop
You’ve collected great community-university partnership data across your entire institution! Have you thought about how to close the assessment feedback loop, ensuring that data is used to inform ongoing efforts, satisfy institutional and community outcomes, and meet stakeholder goals? This presentation will encourage participants to see their assessment and evaluation efforts through to the end – beyond data collection and into tangible, actionable change.
September 27, 2018 | 2:00pm-3:00pm EST
In partnership with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Moderator: José Cabrales, Ph. D., Program Director of Student Success, AASCU
Presenters: Lisa Keyne, Ph.D., Chief Strategy Officer for Collaboratory, Treetop Commons
Amy Conrad Warner, Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement, IUPUI
Kristin Norris, Ph.D., Director of Assessment, Office of Community Engagement, IUPUI
Treetop Commons and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis discussed how data provides great opportunity to strengthen the important work the institution is pursuing in and with communities.
Discussed the value of monitoring and measuring community engagement and public service efforts to ensure institutional goals and strategies are accomplished, faculty and staff are recognized, community members receive accurate information, and goals are refined, practice deepened. Introduced to systems, including Collaboratory, a new SaaS, used to track the work, tell the story, and grow opportunities to join with the community in addressing its greatest challenges — and opportunities!
Facilitated by Lisa Keyne & Kristin Medlin
March 27, 2018 | 1:30pm EST
Give me the Data: Faculty/staff motivations for tracking community engagement and public service
Your institution is engaging in diverse ways throughout your community, without being aware of the totality of activities and partnerships! Your data collection may be basic, a sophisticated homegrown system, a third party solution, or a hybrid. How do you get the data, ensuring all aspects of the institution are invited to participate and well-represented?
Facilitated by John Saltmarsh, Marshall Welch, and Barbara Holland
December 1, 2017
Applying for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification: Getting Started
Hosted in partnership with Campus Compact
Treetop Commons and Campus Compact offered a full-day Carnegie workshop in Vancouver, WA in partnership with John Saltmarsh and the Swearer Center at Brown University, the new administrative home of the the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. This workshop supported member campuses that are first-time applicants or reclassifying for the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.
This one-day workshop was designed to assist campuses preparing for the Carnegie Community Engagement classification and addressed preparation for both first-time applicants and campuses that are reclassifying (those classified in 2010). The workshop included:
an orientation to both the classification and reclassification frameworks
an overview of the 2020 process
additions and changes to the documentation framework
review of the documentation framework and complete application
strategies that have been effective for successful application
Facilitated by John Saltmarsh and Marshall Welch
November 29-30, 2017
Current Practice and Infrastructures for Campus Centers of Community Engagement
Prior to arrival, institutions completed the National Inventory of Institutional Infrastructure for Community Engagement (NIIICE). At the institute, Drs. Saltmarsh and Welch shared institutions’ results and helped participants create an Action Plan addressing current practices and infrastructure.
Facilitated by Emily Janke (bio)
Webinar Recordings Available here!
Illuminating your institution’s portrait of community engagement and public service activities is about more than gaining recognition for good work that has already been done. Understanding the full scope and depth of who is doing what, where, when, with whom, to what ends is also an effective organizational change strategy to increase the practice and legitimacy of community engagement as scholarly work.
This webinar series explores theory-driven strategies to build a shared and collective campus-wide conversation about the role and value of community engagement in meeting institutional priorities including enrollment, hiring, diversity, and fundraising. Learn about strategies to collect information that allow you to understand your institutional portrait, and why systems to track and measure community engagement activities are strategically invaluable in revealing your institution’s “masterpiece” as a community-engaged institution.
Welch and Saltmarsh introduced an inventory that helps institutions understand their current infrastructure in order to set goals and develop strategy to support and deepen their community engagement. Participants had the opportunity to consider participation in a daylong Institute that the presenters offer to help institutions unpack the data collected through the inventory. This webinar was ideal for any institution that prioritizes community engagement and can benefit from a process by which to evaluate and envision.
Interested in learning more? Welch and Saltmarsh have two resources you can review:
– Current Practice and Infrastructures for Campus Centers of Community Engagement
– Engaging Higher Education: Purpose, Platforms, and Programs for Community Engagement
Dr. Barbara Holland, Collaboratory Consultant; Senior Scholar, Institute for Community and Economic Engagement, The University of North Carolina Greensboro
Dr. Holland shared her thoughts about the design and content of the Carnegie application and some of the factors involved in making the decision about whether your institution is ready to apply. Great opportunity to gain some tips as you continue the discussions at your institution about the who, what, when of applying for this elective classification.