Public Engagement: The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Task Force on Public Engagement named UCCS one of two most publicly engaged institutions in the nation. In their report, Stepping Forward as Stewards of Place, the AASCU Task Force also explains the importance of community engagement in higher education and offers recommendations for best practices.
UCCS is a member of Campus Compact, an organization that represents nearly 1,000 academic institutions. The Mission of this organization is to “advance the public purposes of colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and educate students for civic and social responsibility.” Campus Compact provides many services that help facilitate civic renewal:
§ Advocacy with governmental educational issues
§ Educational Resources
§ Funding programs including grants and educational awards
§ Training for all members of the campus community
Student Engagement: UCCS participates in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) administered annually to freshman and senior students. Results from the surveys concerning civic and community engagement of UCCS freshman and seniors are summarized for 2004 and 2006.
Faculty Engagement: The following are representative examples of external service and community research completed by UCCS faculty during Fiscal Year 2005-06. These examples are extracted from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Report of Scholarly, Professional and University Activities. This section of the institutional portfolio does not depict the scope and volume of service and research efforts undertaken by UCCS over this period. It only provides selected submissions contained on the scholarly report that pertain to issues of special concern within the Pikes Peak region.