Download the planning team’s report, The New Engagement: Exploring the Issues Across a Spectrum
APLU believes public and land-grant universities should dramatically expand engagement efforts engagement with partners in the communities they serve—members of the public, community organizations, business and industry, state and local government, and others. In the late ’90s, 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 completing four tasks in preparing the plan:
Questions regarding this effort should be directed to APLU’s Sheila Martin.