UOE represents MSU, and in some cases takes a leadership role, in a number of cross-organizational bodies that focus on the advancement of university outreach and engagement. Among other things, these collaborations work on defining, assessing, benchmarking, classifying, and advocating for outreach and engagement.
The Engagement Scholarship Consortium is composed of higher education institutions working to promote strong university-community partnerships that are anchored in the rigor of scholarship and designed to help build community capacity. Dr. Hiram Fitzgerald, Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, was instrumental in helping this organization incorporate and served as its founding president through September 2015.
During the eight years of his leadership the Consortium grew from seven to 33 institutional members, including universities outside the United States. MSU continues to be a vital voice within the ESC, as Assistant Provost for University-Community Partnerships, Laurie Van Egeren, represents MSU on the ESC board of directors, and National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement director, Burton Bargerstock, serves on the organization's Conference Leadership Committee.
The Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship (ACES) recognizes and contributes to high quality scholarship that, in collaboration with participating community partners, has a positive impact on complex societal needs and issues. ACES provides recommendations, on request, to inform local, regional, national, and international research and policy agendas. In recognition of his long career of contributions, Dr. Hiram Fitzgerald, Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, was inducted with the inaugural class of the Academy in 2014, and currently serves as vice president of its board of directors. Dr. Fitzgerald and National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement director, Burton Bargerstock, were part of a “think tank” that led to the founding of ACES in 2012.
A longtime member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, MSU has been active with its Council on Engagement and Outreach (CEO) for two decades. CEO is composed of administrators responsible for outreach, engagement, community development, extension, and related functions at their universities. The Council provides a forum for members to discuss and take collaborative action on issues relevant to institutional efforts in community engagement.
Over the past several years, Fitzgerald and Bargerstock have worked on CEO committees studying institutional measurement of outreach and engagement, and each has also been elected to serve on CEO's governing executive committee.
The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) promotes the development and dissemination of research on service-learning and community engagement internationally and across all levels of the education system. MSU has played an active role with IARSLCE from its early years. Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement director emeritus, Karen McKnight Casey, organized its international conference on the MSU campus in 2005 and co-edited its proceedings volume with CSLCE colleagues the following year. In 2013, Burt Bargerstock was appointed to the IARSLCE board of directors, which elected him to serve as its Chair in 2015-2016.
MSU faculty and academic specialists are regular contributors to the state and national conferences and meetings of Michigan Campus Compact and national Campus Compact. MSU has hosted workshops in Compact settings on topics ranging from the assessment of student engagement to best practices for working with community partners.
Institutional Awards and Honors
Between 2002 and 2014, MSU and UOE received:
10 institutional awards and honors
UOE staff members received:
42 individual recognitions and honors
|Presidential Recognitions||Granting Organization||Year Awarded|
|Presidential Award for General Community Service||Corporation for National and Community Service||2009|
|President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction||Corporation for National and Community Service||2008, 2012|
|President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll||Corporation for National and Community Service||2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010|
|Institutional Awards and Honors||Granting Organization||Year Awarded|
|Community-Engaged University designation||Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching||2007, 2015|
|American Red Cross Award||ARC Mid-Michigan Chapter and St. Vincent Catholic Charities – Refugee Services||2007|
|C. Peter Magrath/W. K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Regional Award||Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC), with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation||2009|
|Awards of Excellence Finalist||University Economic Development Association||2010|
|John A. Seeley Friend of Evaluation Award||Michigan Association for Evaluation||2011|
|Ford College Community Challenge||Ford Motor Company||2013|
|Michigan Engaged Campus of the Year||Michigan Campus Compact||2014|