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APLU believes it is appropriate timing for public and land-grant universities to dramatically expand efforts of engagement with partners in the communities they serve—members of the public, community organizations, business and industry, state and local government, and others. Fifteen years into a new century, the Kellogg Commission report Returning to Our Roots: The Engaged Institution needs renewed attention to realize its full potential. With vexing national and global problems creating immense economic, environmental, social, and psychological consequences, single entities cannot find and mobilize solutions. Instead, engagement with multiple partners is critical, and public universities can and should be conveners for such efforts.
Beginning in November of 2015, APLU convened a Planning Team to recommend a process for establishing and engaging APLU members and stakeholders in a Task Force on “The New Engagement” for public higher education—establishing engagement as a force for transformational change in our communities and institutions. The eventual Task Force will envision a broadly inclusive definition for university engagement and make recommendations for university actions to realize this vision.
The Planning Team was charged with preparing a plan (this document) for the convening of the eventual Task Force. The Planning Team was asked to complete four tasks in preparing the plan:
This framework has been developed by the Planning Team for the Task Force on The New Engagement, convened by multiple constituencies of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). We are grateful to the following individuals for their contributions to this framework.
The Planning Team was co-chaired by:
Four APLU constituencies appointed members to the Planning Team. Members are listed here by appointing APLU group. The Sub-Team on which each individual served is indicated in parentheses after their institutional affiliation—(C) = Charge Sub-Team, (PS) = Process and Structure Sub-Team, and (BMR) = Background Materials and Resources Sub-Team.
Members appointed by the Council on Engagement and Outreach (CEO):
Members appointed by the Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP):
Members appointed by the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP):
Members appointed by the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU):