Indiana University Bloomington has been selected for 2010 Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, recognizing the campus’s commitment to engagement through teaching, research, service and partnerships.
For IU Bloomington, engagement includes economic development assistance for the state of Indiana, arts and cultural programming, service-learning and community volunteerism, international studies and partnerships, research in areas such as health and education, and other activities.
Campus-wide engagement activities are centered in the Office of Service-Learning; the Office of the Vice President for Engagement; the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs; the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs; and the Student Activities Office.
For example, the Office of Student-Learning offers dozens of courses in which students learn in partnership with community organizations; the Office of the Vice President for Engagement connects IU’s capacity for invention, innovation and creativity with Indiana’s economic priorities; and the Student Activities Office works with hundreds of student organizations, many of which perform service.
I had the opportunity to participate among the core team of IUB administrators, faculty, staff and community members involved in documenting engagement activities across the campus for the application. This intensive process illustrated the depth and breadth of the activities, programs, and initiatives at IU Bloomington that positively impact the community, from local to global in scope.
The full press release with additional details can be accessed here: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/print/16933.html