The Community Engagement Initiative (CEI)
TAKING THE PULSE: UD AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT…
… IS A RECENTLY COMPLETED EVALUATION OF HOW UD IS ENGAGING MEMBERS OF ITS OWN AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES.
The University of Delaware has a long-standing commitment to community engagement (CE). In 2013, UD’s Carnegie Foundation Task Force administered the first-ever Community Engagement Survey to all faculty and staff. For these and other institutional commitments to CE, UD was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community-engaged University (2015). The Community Engagement Initiative (CEI) was formed in 2016 to formalize and strengthen UD’s CE efforts: https://www.cei.udel.edu/. With the 2018 appointment of CRESP Acting Director Allison Karpyn, Ph.D., as Evaluation Fellow, the CEI took on two additional roles: (1) evaluating CE progress by UD as perceived by faculty and staff, one of three CE stakeholder groups; and, (2) capturing baseline perceptions of UD’s CE efforts by the other two CE stakeholder groups – i.e., students and the communities with whom UD is engaged. Development of the survey tools used in these efforts was driven by creation of a logic model, incorporation of other models and surveys, and consideration of overarching goals (e.g., creating mutually beneficial ties between institutions and communities). The resulting open-source resources are being made available to all for download, sharing, and use, and are identified and described below.
University of Delaware Community Engagement Initiative Surveys:
University of Delaware Community Engagement Initiative Reports: