Public Engagement Definition

In 2005, the University of Minnesota adopted an official definition of public engagement which articulates the importance of community engagement in achieving the University's research, teaching, and outreach goals. 

At the University of Minnesota, public engagement is the partnership of university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.

This definition guides the goals of the University's systemwide strategic plan for public engagement