Navigating and Changing Systems

Navigating/Changing University Systems, involves navigating university policies and procedures so that partnerships can operate as smoothly as possible.  It also involves working with others to create a culture that is supportive of CES, and to change policies and procedures that may hinder partnerships.

Table. Skills for Navigating and Changing University Systems

Navigating/Changing University Systems

  • Act as a buffer between community partners and university systems, procedures and policies, that is, help to “smooth the road” for partners’ interaction with university systems
  • Navigate intellectual property policies and protocols
  • Put into place logistics of partnerships so that community has some control (e.g., over finances of project)
  • Troubleshoot problems that arise working within institution
  • Engage in systems advocacy to create policies and procedures that support CES
  • Identify and coordinate with other CES scholars and partnerships that are doing work related to your project
  • Help build a culture for CES at university
  • Understand and articulate benefits of engagement to academic programs



Resources for navigating and changing university systems:

  1. The Pubic Engagement Expertise Resource System (PEERS) provide short-term peer mentoring to help navigate University systems to support community-campus partnerships.
  2. The Public Engagement Council serves as the University’s consultative body for issues pertaining to the University’s public engagement agenda.


Five forms of CES were identified, each associated with particular skills and capacities:  teaching, research, practice, outreach, and administration.  The following tables detail skills particular to two of these forms of scholarship.


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