What are the Benefits? Why Get Involved?

The one sentence description is that Scholarship of Engagement is students meeting learning objectives through participating and interacting in a real activity, with real people, in the real world, and with real consequences.

[The following is reprinted from “Stepping Forward as Stewards of Place – A Guide for Leading Public Engagement at State Colleges and Universities.” American Association of State Colleges and Universities, 2002 (pg 12). http://www.aascu.org/pdf/stewardsofplace_02.pdf ]

Embracing Public Engagement as a Core Value will Yield Benefits to all Concerned.

For faculty, engaging community and regional concerns:

  • Provides opportunities to enrich and update curriculum and classroom content;
  • Legitimizes and supports the scholarship of engagement, which focuses on the application of knowledge rather than its discovery;
  • Adds meaning and measurable content to a faculty members “public service” role;
  • Creates interdisciplinary linkages, with the cross-fertilization of ideas, fresh perspectives, intellectual enthusiasm, and interpersonal stimulation;
  • Energizes faculty work by raising new questions and topics for research and teaching; and
  • Becomes a vehicle for exercising civic responsibility.

For the college or university, engagement:

  • Gives substance to the rhetoric of partnership;
  • Provides additional means of showing the value of investing public dollars in higher education;
  • Positions and presents the institution as a positive and contributing member of the community/region;
  • Improves the community/region in which the institution operates and from which the bulk of its student body is drawn;
  • Enhances the role of the college or university president as a spokesperson on important issues affecting the community/region; and
  • Provides a framework for decisions about the allocation of resources.

PACCE: Contact

Contact Information

Pioneer Academic Center for
Community Engagement (PACCE)

5th Floor Pioneer Tower
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818

E-mail: pacce@uwplatt.edu

See our Contact page for details.

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