Informing and Bettering Our Work

A series of learning opportunities that will help you tell the story of community engagement through rigorous and creative assessment.

knowledgeispower11Throughout the 2016-2017 academic year, individual faculty and staff and institution-wide teams will have the chance to participate in various trainings specifically designed for their level of knowledge and readiness in the work of assessment, evaluation, and tracking, monitoring, or researching their institution’s community engagement (CE) activities.

This energizing and challenging program will be offered as either as phase-at-a-time or challenge-by-choice opportunity within each learning category. Learners may engage as Individual Learners or as an Institution-wide team

Rigorous, Ongoing, In-person Workshops

Energizing and challenging workshops offered as either one, intense workshop over two days in January 2017 or in phases (a “challenge by choice” format) to help you navigate the variety of roles, responsibilities, and expectations related to assessing, evaluating, and tracking or monitoring students’ civic learning and development.

Who should attend:

  • Faculty and staff: Come with a particular service-learning course, program, and/or co-curricular service experience (e.g., episodic Day of Service, scholarship program, etc.) in mind as we dive into assessing students’ learning and development into active citizens.
  • Institution-wide teams: Those who represent the multiple layers and levels of community engagement and assessment at your institution such as: academic offices and/or senior faculty (e.g. Chairs or Deans); student affairs professionals; staff from such entities as information technology, institutional research, enrollment management; senior administrators who support the above individuals.

Self-paced Virtual Meetings

  • BPACE – Best Practices in Assessing Community Engagement Group – an online community of faculty and staff who use the space to pose questions, think through challenges, share experiences or best practices related to developing assessment processes or strategies and identifying tools to measure civic outcomes related to community-engaged experiences in higher education. Application now open.

Indiana Regional Groups

  • Partner institutions from around Central Indiana (Butler, Marion, University of Indianapolis, IUPUI, Ivy Tech, & Franklin) meet once a month to address how to: be a place-based and –building partner with our community organizations; collaborate on assessment and evaluation projects, and; strengthen learning and development opportunities for our students who engage in episodic volunteering (days of service, alternative breaks, etc.).  For more information about the group, please contact Anne Weiss, Director of Assessment. haweiss {at} iupui(.)edu

Pre-Conferences at the 2016 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis.

In order to get the most out of the team oriented deep dive workshop, we suggest that your team consist of those who represent the multiple layers and levels of community engagement and assessment at your institution such as: academic officers and/or senior faculty; student affairs professionals; staff from such entities as information technology, institutional research, and enrollment management; and senior administrators who support the aforementioned individuals.

In addition to the opportunities tailored for each type of learner, we invite all learners to take part in the following technical assistance webinars designed to help participants drill down to information they need to be included in these nation-wide opportunities for recognition.

Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification

Campus Compact Civic Action Plan