Center for Community Engagement Assessment
The Center for Community Engagement serves as the campus hub for community engagement, providing diverse student opportunities and institutional vision and direction. CCE aims to provide every USU student with opportunities to find their passion, apply their education, and make a positive and meaningful contribution to the greater community through service and civic engagement. CCE works together with local, regional, national, and international partners to tackle critical issues identified by the community.
The Center for Community Engagement officially began July 1, 2013. The department combines the staff, missions, and values of Aggie Blue Bikes, Education Outreach, Service-Learning, Student Sustainability Office, Val R. Christensen Service Center, and Utah Conservation Corps programs. The programs come together under the mission of community engagement, national service, and volunteering. In 2015 the department developed learning objectives which all programs, regardless of scope, aim to achieve. The department is also dedicated to obtaining the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification for the institution, designating USU as a national leader in community and civic engagement.
Mission / Vision
Developing active citizens through community engagement and scholarship
Furthering USU’s engagement mission, CCESL empowers students to explore civic identity, develop leadership skills, and address community-identified needs, locally and around the world
- The strong tradition of national service and conservation in American society
- Active and informed citizenship
- The inclusion of diverse and underrepresented populations
- Reciprocal partnerships that inform community-driven change
- Critical and reflective thinking
- The public purpose of higher education
Goals and Learning Outcomes
- Have a deepened understanding of Civic Engagement & Responsibility (awareness
- Have knowledge and skills necessary to effectively carry out their role within the community (knowledge/skills)
- Have made a positive contribution to the community (action/stewardship)
- N/A at this time
|Center for Community Engagement - ASSESSMENT PLAN/MATRIX, 2017-2018|
(Objectives and Learning Outcomes)
|Increase our Ability to tell the CCE story||
|Internal Monthly Memos; Department Calendar; External Newsletters; Social Media Posts; PR Material Development; Press Release; Internal Staff assessment survey||2017-18||Liz Kirkham leads; team effort||2|
|Strengthen relationships on and off campus||CBI partnership /CEL course numbers; Review of documentation output at annual strategic planning meeting||CCE Students / AmeriCorps member survey data||2017- 2019||Team Effort||2, 8|
|Prepare for Carnegie Community Engagement Classification||First Time Classification Framework; Civic Action Plan; CAP Assessment Tool||Campus wide assessments; data gathered from task force; Institutional Framework/policy documents; community engagement||2020||Kristin Brubaker leads; team effort||2|
2016/17 – Addition of OrgSync to better assess and track community engagement at USU. Rollout Fall 2017.
2016 – All CCE programs implemented new or revised assessments to better track CCE’s ability to serve our students, community, and AmeriCorps members and meet the department learning objectives. Expansion of CBI program to encompass all CCE partnerships on and off campus.
2015- USU received the 2015 presidential service honor roll distinction in the general service category based off USU programs and data collected during the 2014-15 academic year. In 2015, the department engaged 3066 USU student volunteers, mobilized 12,912 community volunteers serving 129,460 hours. The department also has the largest number of AmeriCorps members (358) serving on any campus in Utah. Piloted Community Bridge Initiative to redefine reciprocal partnerships with community and campus.
CCESL celebrated its third full year of operation with a number of successes including the Service-Learning Scholars program tripling in size with the acceptance of 29 new scholars in 2016. The Utah Conservation Corps sent two crews to respond to the fall flooding in the Baton Rouge area. The Student Sustainability Office launched the Campus Farmers Market that offers affordable local produce to students. Aggie Blue Bikes received a $38,000 grant from UCAIR to launch a community bike share program.
CCESL continued to build upon its successes and collaborative efforts as a department. With financial assistance from the Vice President of Student Affairs and the Provost’s Office, CCESL hired Kristin Brubaker in October of 2015 to assist the department in leading the campus in the completion the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification application for 2020. The department also launched the Community Bridge Initiative, a program that aims to foster improved and reciprocal relationships between the USU campus and community partners, with 92% of student participants reporting a positive impact in the first year. The Utah Conservation Corps launched the first year of its bike crew, a conservation field crew that travels to projects solely on cargo bicycles. The Utah Conservation Corps bike crew received national recognition for the innovative nature of this project gaining The Corps Network Project of the Year Award and the Recreational Trails Coalition Annual Achievement Award. The department also received $29,000 in grants from UCAIR (Utah Clean Air Partnership) for the purchase of a Chevy Volt and an electric utility vehicle. Aggie Blue Bikes also celebrated it’s tenth year of operation with a grand re-opening ceremony that took place after remodel paid for by an $89,000 UDOT grant.
CCESL made several strides forward in its first full year as a department with a number of innovative steps. Education Outreach implemented a $10,000 grant in cooperation with the USU Music Department and Gear Up to implement a Math, Music, and Technology program with GEARUP students around the state. This was the first year the CCESL created a cohesive annual report that highlighted the accomplishments of all six programs of the department. Nelda Ault, Community Service Coordinator at Utah State University’s (USU) Val R. Christensen Service Center, received the 2014 Cache Interagency Council’s Outstanding Individual Award for her ongoing work with Cache Valley’s refugee community.