The Twin Cities, Rochester, and Morris campuses develop new Public Engagement Action Plans that build upon the University's public engagement efforts. 


OPE spearheads the development of a University-wide Community-Engaged Learning course attribute for students to use when searching for classes and for instructors to select when developing a course that includes a community-engaged learning component. 

OPE hosts the first system-wide conference on Meeting Society's Grand Challenges Through Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning exploring  the role of public engagement in addressing society's most pressing issues. 


The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities receives the Community Engagement Reclassification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advance of Teaching.  The University of Minnesota, Morris receives the Classification for the first time. 

The University of North Carolina system models its metrics system for community engagement after the University of Minnesota's Public Engagement Metrics Framework.

More than 2,000 U of M Twin Cities students participate in service-learning courses offered across more than 30 departments.

The University of Minnesota's Ten-Point Plan for Advancing and Institutionalizing Public Engagement is presented and spotlighted as a model for strategic development of public engagement at the annual meeting of The Research Universities Network for Civic Engagement (TRUCEN)

UC Berkeley asks the University of Minnesota to craft the Civic and Community Engagement Module of the Student Experience at the Research University (SERU).  The module, which assesses students' participation in community engagement, is administered at the 18 research universities that participate in SERU. 

U of M Twin Cities undergraduate student participation in the Community Engagement Scholars Program jumps 50% to more than 600 students, up from a little over 400 students in the prior year. 

Andrew Furco appointed Associate Vice President for Public Engagement.

The University of Minnesota is inducted as a member of the Talloires Network, an international consortium of 220 colleges and universities across the globe devoted to advancing social responsibility in higher education through research and teaching. 

Promotion and tenure guidelines revised to encourage public engagement.

The University of Minnesota is one of 25 research universities selected by the National Campus Compact to serve as a foundation member of The Research Universities Network for Civic Engagement (TRUCEN), a national consortium of leading research universities focused on advancing the public engagement agenda in higher education. 

University of Minnesota becomes one of the first six research universities in the United States to receive the Carnegie Foundation's Community Engagement Classification.  The University's application is singled out as an exemplar and is used as a model to guide other universities in developing their applications.

Office for Public Engagement established in the Office of the Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration.

Victor Bloomfield appointed first Associate Vice President for Public Engagement.

Council of Public Engagement (COPE) established.

Board of Regents established Ad Hoc Committee on Public Engagement and Outreach.

Provost Bruininks established the Task Force on Civic Engagement and an Administrative Committee on Public Engagement and Outreach.