A Message from Associate Vice President for Public Engagement Andrew Furco

Andy Furco

 

The University of Minnesota is proud to make public engagement a central feature of our research, teaching, and public service activities and initiatives. Classified as a Community-Engaged University by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the University of Minnesota champions a bold agenda to integrate community engagement across a broad range of University initiatives and community settings to create a deeper engagement culture.

Five campuses and more than 200 units and centers of the University of Minnesota afford many opportunities to become involved in campus-community partnerships through research, teaching, and outreach efforts. Situated within the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the Office for Public Engagement seeks to expand and strengthen the University’s capacity as a fully “engaged” university.

During the 2016-17 academic year, a 38-member work group, including faculty, students, and staff from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, recalibrated the Twin Cities’ public engagement agenda and developed a strategy called the Twin Cities Public Engagement Action Plan based on nine core values for furthering the institutionalization of reciprocal, public engagement over the next five years.

Using the University’s established, system-wide action plan for public engagement (Ten-Point Plan for Advancing and Institutionalizing Public Engagement, 2008) as a foundational document, the work group first reviewed information, goals, and recommendations contained in key institutional strategic planning and policy documents, and then worked to incorporate this information into the new action plan.  

The action plan is internally focused, with an emphasis on addressing policy, infrastructure, and culture issues on the University’s Twin Cities campus. This plan is also intended to intersect with other campus-wide and system-wide strategic plans as part of the University’s institutional commitment to reciprocal public engagement.

As part of the initiative, public engagement teams on the University’s Morris and Rochester campuses have developed their own public engagement action plans, aligned with their own campus strategic plans and specific to the needs of their campus and communities. Both the Crookston and Duluth campuses have plans to develop similar plans in the near future.

I hope you will take some time to explore the actions plans, as well as the vast array of engagement opportunities and programs featured in this website.