Community Engagement Consortium

The Community Engagement Consortium is an initiative to improve coordination of service learning, community engagement, and civic engagement efforts including through curriculum and scholarship.

This group supports coordinated efforts across institutional-level partners (including various KU campuses, colleges, schools, research institutes, and centers) to advance community engagement at KU through the Carnegie Community Engagement Reclassification process and construction of KU’s Campus Compact Civic Action Plan.

Mission: The Community Engagement Consortium advances community engagement at KU through the coordination of community-engaged learning and scholarship with institutional partners, including across KU divisions and campuses.

Community Engagement Consortium Intiative Details:

Implement Carnegie Community Engagement  Classification recommendations in the following areas: 

  • Community engagement infrastructure 
  • Assessment 
  • Community partnerships 
  • Community engagement integrated into academic work 
  • Faculty rewards for community engagement 
  • Community engagement impacts on underrepresented students and faculty (important to integrate across all goal areas) 

Develop & implement a Civic Action Plan supporting the following goal areas identified by Campus Compact: 

  • We empower our students, faculty, staff and community partners to co-create mutually respectful partnerships in pursuit of a just, equitable, and sustainable future for communities beyond the campus nearby and around the world.  
  • We prepare our students for lives of engaged citizenship, with the motivation and capacity to deliberate, act, and lead in pursuit of the public good.  
  • We embrace our responsibilities as place-based institutions, contributing to the health and strength of our communities – economically, socially, environmentally, educationally, and politically.  
  • We harness the capacity of our institutions – through research, teaching, partnerships, and institutional practice – to challenge the prevailing social and economic inequalities that threaten our democratic future.  
  • We foster an environment that consistently affirms the centrality of the public purposes of higher education by setting high expectations for members of the campus community to contribute to their achievement.  

Coordinate efforts to support the APLU IEP Innovation and Economic Prosperity Designation.

The Consortium currently supports three main working groups:

  • Institutional Infrastructure (Budget, Reporting, Faculty Rewards)
  • Curricular/Co-Curricular Engagement
  • Community Engagement Communications, Scholarship, and Outreach

Current members of the Community Engagement Consortium represent these academic departments, colleges, and schools:

  • Academic Success
  • Analytics, Institutional Research, and Effectiveness
  • Applied Behavioral Science
  • Biodiversity Institute
  • Career and Experiential Learning
  • Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis
  • Center for Service Learning
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • College Office of Graduate Affairs
  • Community Relations and Business Development, KU Edwards Campus
  • Curriculum and Teaching
  • Dole Institute of Politics
  • Faculty Development and Mentoring
  • Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences
  • Institute for Community Engagement, KU Medical Center
  • Institute for Policy and Social Research
  • Kansas Geological Survey
  • KU Endowment Association
  • KU Libraries
  • KU Medical Center
  • Lied Center of Kansas
  • Lifelong and Professional Education
  • Life Span Institute
  • Natural History Museum
  • Office of Research
  • Public Affairs
  • Research and Innovation, KU Edwards Campus
  • School of Business
  • School of Education and Human Sciences
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Music
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Social Welfare
  • Spencer Museum of Art
  • The Commons
  • University Career Center
  • University Honors Program
  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

If you are interested in learning more about participation in the Community Engagement Consortium, email us at!

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