The University of Minnesota’s Ten-Point Plan for Advancing and Institutionalizing Public Engagement, produced in June 2008 and updated in May 2012 by the Office for Public Engagement, articulates a set of action steps designed to secure the full institutionalization of public engagement across the five campuses of the University. The action steps build on the important foundational work that has been led by the members of the Council on Public Engagement (COPE) and the various public engagement leaders, coordinators, and partners across the campuses.
A set of University-wide task forces for public engagement has been established to ensure the successful implementation of the action steps presented in the Ten-Point Plan. In many cases, these task forces extend the work COPE’s working groups recently completed.
As the University enters a more advanced stage of public engagement institutionalization, these newly initiated task forces will help ensure we continue to make good progress in our public engagement efforts by continuing discussion and development on some of the most important issues concerning public engagement.
In all, four task forces have been established to address some of the most critical areas of public engagement. The Task forces are:
- Accounting and Assessment: explores the development and implementation of protocols and procedures that can systematically account for the number of public engagement project activities, levels of participation, and overall impacts of activities on students, faculty, staff, the community, and the institution.
- Faculty Scholarship, Development and Rewards: articulates a set of institutional policies and practices that enhance faculty members’ capacity to participate in engagement initiatives and supports their engaged research and teaching.
- Graduate Students: explores options for graduate students to do community-engaged scholarship.
- Student Experiences: explores the development and implementation of opportunities that offer students more articulated and advanced public engagement experiences that are tied to their degree programs, professional aspirations, and personal goals and interests.