UNF is awarded the Carnegie Foundation "Community Engagement" designation
As a public urban university, the University of North Florida is committed to the principle of community and civic engagement. Our mission includes fostering the intellectual and cultural growth and civic awareness of our students, preparing them to make significant contributions to their communities in the region and beyond. At UNF, students and faculty engage collaboratively in the discovery and application of knowledge through mutually beneficial community-based research and learning.
The University of North Florida contributes to the community and region through outreach, educational, research, volunteer, and civic activities. Many of these contributions are recorded in our Community Impact Study. Equally important, the university derives benefits from the diverse range of resources, perspectives, and opportunities that exist in our community and region
The university hopes to further deepen and institutionalize its commitment to community engagement through its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) titled “Community-Based Transformational Learning”. The QEP is a significant component of the accreditation process of the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools (SACS). The QEP outlines a systematic course of action designed to enhance student learning. UNF’s “Community-Based Transformational Learning” will develop opportunities for students in all academic programs to deepen and enhance student learning by providing students with opportunities to apply their academic skills and knowledge in authentic settings within the local community and beyond. The form and design of these community-based learning experiences will vary by discipline and academic program. Community-based transformational learning can take the form of service learning, fieldwork, internships, co-ops, or community-based research. This QEP is a further extension of UNF’s commitment to community engagement. The plan includes the creation of the Center for Community-Based Learning that will support the initiative and provide resources for faculty, students and community partners.
According to the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.
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