January 24, 2001 Minutes

Civic Engagement Task Force
January 24, 2001

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

  1. The most recent copy of the "Excellence in Research and Scholarship" document was circulated to Task Force members. Discussion by Task Force members reiterated earlier points that (a) the document focuses on rather traditional forms of scholarship (i.e., discover) and traditional measures of the quantity of scholarly production versus the value, worth, community impact, and distinctive nature that scholarly activities at a metropolitan university might have; (b) the lack of links to the other two areas (teaching/learning and civic engagement); (c) a heavy emphasis on graduate versus undergraduate research and how undergraduate research might be strategically used to help graduate and faculty research and to cultivate future graduate students; (d) the potential for innovative collaborative arrangements between the community and campus that would not only keep our graduates in the area but also keep researchers in the region; and (e) fostering community-based action research through sabbaticals and joint campus-community appointments. Most apparent during a quick read of the document was the lack of attention to II. Distinguishing features of Research in the Urban University in the subsequent sections of the document.
  2. The definition of civic engagement was revisited and the following version will be presented to the Futures Group:
  3. Civic Engagement is collaborative activity that builds on the resources, skills, expertise, and knowledge of the campus and community to improve the quality of life and advance the campus mission.

  4. The descriptions of the three main areas of civic engagement were rewritten. In doing so, it was noted that the three areas have good parallels with other documents (e.g., accreditation), but there is a need to build outcomes into subsequent work. The Urban Committee was acknowledged to include both geographic location (i.e., local and regional activities) and content (the Urban Commitment Agenda-to be forged subsequently). The relationships between the work to date and other documents (e.g., Board of Advisors summary, Sullivan"s group from last year, Futures Group"s initial list) was discussed. It was noted that Bringle will seek advice from the Futures Group about how to reflect those materials in this document and subsequent work. Work on key performance indicators will commence after the meeting with the Future"s Group.

Task Force members are asked to carefully examine the revisions of the Exemplary Civic Engagement document and bring any changes to the Bringle"s attention, before the Futures Group, if possible. The Futures Group meeting has been scheduled for January 31, 2001. We will need a presentable document by that time.

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 activity that builds on the resources, skills, expertise, and knowledge of the campus and community to improve the quality of life and advance the campus mission.

Exemplary civic engagement requires
  1. Institutional Capacity And Commitments-units and the campus develop and support organizational structures and provide resources to enhance effective civic engagement.
  2. Partnerships-units and the campus develop and sustain reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationships with the community.
  3. Urban Commitment-units and the campus collaborate with local and regional communities to develop and implement a visionary civic agenda for IUPUI.
  1. Institutional Capacity And Commitments-units and the campus develop and support organizational structures and provide resources to enhance effective civic engagement.
  2. Exemplary 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 and sustain reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationships with the community.
  4. Exemplary community partnerships encompass . . .
    • Relationships that intensive, extensive, diverse, innovative, responsive, fair, and effective
    • Pervasive
    • 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 collaborate with local and regional communities to develop and implement a visionary civic agenda for IUPUI.
Exemplary achievement of the Urban Commitment encompasses
  • Developing the means for establishing the Urban Commitment
  • Conducting annual reassessment and revision of the Urban Commitment"s nature by campus and communities
  • 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
  • Establishing leadership and infrastructure to support the Urban Commitment
  • Providing information that informs decisions about the nature of 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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