Milestones

2013

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

2012

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

2011

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)

2010

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. 

2009

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. 

2008

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. 

2007

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. 

2006

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.

2005

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.

2002

Council of Public Engagement (COPE) established.

2000-2001

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.