January 10, 2001 Minutes

Civic Engagement Task Force
January 10, 2001

Present: B. Wilcox, S. Hamilton, S. Kirchoff, G. Miller, V. Borden, J. Hatcher, R. Bringle

  1. Feedback was provided on the last version of the definition. Discussion focused on the degree to which reciprocity was evident in the current wording, does "campus mission" need to say "(teaching, research, and service)", the overlap of civic engagement with the other two areas, and the degree to which Central Indiana needed to be explicit as a focus of campus mission. It was suggested that civic engagement be considered institutional mission, and that faculty work (teaching, research, service) be viewed as contributing to civic engagement. Nonetheless, administrators and faculty will need to know how to respond to requests to identify plans, work, and accomplishments as civic engagement.
  2. NOTE: In my revision of the definition, I elected to leave in the first "communities" because I think it has to be explicit that the collaborative activities are not internal to the university (I know that"s obvious to you, but it has to be stated). If that is the case, I don"t see how the other two can be deleted (maybe the last one, but I don"t think so). I changed "draw" to "builds." I strongly prefer a single sentence definition, so I did not move to a semicolon or a period "after activities with communities." We can continue our work on this.

  3. Discussion focused on revisions to a preliminary document on Exemplary Civic Engagement that is being designed to go to the Futures Group for discussion and feedback. S. Kahn distributed documents about the accreditation process and S. Kirchoff distributed documents from the United Way"s Impact Council. A reorganization and expansion of the introduction was recommended.
  4. V. Borden recommended the following dimensions for assessment:

    • Pervasiveness
    • Capacity
    • Accessibility
    • Inclusiveness

    In trying to re-write the document, I thought that these might be dimensions under each of the key indicators (e.g., those 4 dimensions applied to institutional infrastructure, community-based scholarship, ABCL, understanding of the Urban Commitment, etc.). As a result, I did not make many revisions to the body of the document.

  5. Task Force members are asked to carefully examine the revisions of the Exemplary Civic Engagement document and bring comments to the next meeting.
  6. NOTE: The Futures Group meeting has been scheduled for January 31, 2001. We will need a presentable document by that time.
NEXT MEETING: 9:30, Wednesday, January 24, UL 2115 G
Exemplary Civic Engagement

As one of the nation"s leading metropolitan universities, and the only such campus in the state with a specifically designated metropolitan mission, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) takes seriously its mission, "to develop and apply knowledge to ever-changing social issues through teaching, research, and service . . . and to serve as a model for collaboration and interdisciplinary work through partnerships with the community." Institutional work and scholarship based on community service is consistent with the goal to be a model metropolitan university, to provide leadership to others in all facets of integrating service with teaching and research, and to engage educators, staff, and students in activities that benefit their communities as well as themselves.

In order to fulfill this vision, IUPUI must commit to civic engagement. Civic engagement is collaborative activities with communities that build on resources, skills, expertise, and knowledge of both the campus and communities to improve the quality of life of communities in a manner that advances campus mission.

Effective civic engagement requires

  1. Institutional Capacity And Commitments-units and the campus develop and provide organizational structures and resources to enhance effective civic engagement.
  2. Partnerships-units and the campus develop reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationships with the community that are fair, responsive, and effective.
  3. Urban Commitment-units and the campus agree on a visionary civic agenda for IUPUI that is a joint analysis of (a) campus and unit strengths, resources, and mission and (b) community interests, needs, and priorities.
  1. Institutional Capacity And Commitments-units and the campus develop and provide organizational structures and resources to enhance effective civic engagement.
  2. Effective institutional capacity and commitments encompasses

    • Providing support to civic engagement in all aspects of institutional work, including
      • mission statement
      • professional staff
      • budget
      • resources
      • incentives and rewards
      • interdisciplinary collaboration
      • professional development
      • teaching and learning
      • scholarly activities
      • publicity
    • Providing opportunities for effective academically-based community learning
    • Providing opportunities for community-based scholarship
    • Developing and maintaining campus-community collaborative partnerships
    • Developing external funding for civic engagement
    • Developing interdisciplinary relationships
    • Providing effective professional development activities to promote civic engagement
    • Providing publicity for civic engagement
    • Providing leadership for civic engagement
  3. Partnerships-units and the campus develop reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationships with the community that are fair, responsive, and effective.
  4. Effective community dialogue encompasses . . .

    • Pervasive examples of partnerships
    • Providing effective community access to educational resources
    • Evidence of inclusiveness
    • Providing opportunities at all levels (e.g., campus, unit, department, individual) for community input and participation in such activities as
      • planning
      • budgets
      • implementation
      • decision making
      • program review
      • dissemination
    • Providing effective organizational and professional development to increase campus understanding of community issues
    • Providing opportunities for effective community participation (e.g., design, implementation, co-teaching) in academically-based community learning (ABCL)
    • Providing opportunities for advancing collaboration among community partners
    • Fostering mutual trust and commitment from communities for collaborative work with the campus
  5. Urban Commitment-units and the campus agree on a visionary civic agenda for IUPUI that is a joint analysis of (a) campus and unit strengths, resources, and mission and (b) community interests, needs, and priorities.

Effectively achieving excellence for the vision of the Urban Commitment encompasses

  • Providing information that informs decisions about the nature of the Urban Commitment
  • Promoting wide-spread community participation in the development and implementation of the Urban Commitment
  • Promoting wide-spread campus participation in the development and implementation of the Urban Commitment
  • Promoting advocacy for the Urban Commitment by both campus and communities
  • Conducting annual reassessment and revision of the Urban Commitment"s nature by campus and communities
  • Establishing leadership and infrastructure to support the Urban Commitment
  • Ensuring that units make strategic decisions to contribute to the Urban Commitment
  • Designing innovative and effective programs, activities, and collaborations consistent with the Urban Commitment
  • Demonstrating positive impact of the Urban Commitment on faculty, staff, and student knowledge, attitudes, skills, and aspirations
  • Demonstrating positive impact of the Urban Commitment on the actions, decisions, and practice of faculty, staff, and students (i.e., patterns of behaviors, procedures, or actions related to social, economic, and environmental conditions)
  • Demonstrating positive impact of the Urban Commitment on social, economic, and environmental conditions in the community

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