Community Engagement at NDSU
At North Dakota State University we believe in the importance of our role as a land-grant institution to foster collaboration between the university and the larger community by engaging the university’s academic resources in the enrichment of civic and community life. NDSU appreciates and embodies the Carnegie Foundation’s definition of community engagement throughout the entirety of our programming:
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. The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.
NDSU helps connect faculty and students with the community in a variety of ways including:
· Assisting in the development and implementation of service-learning courses
· Connecting the NDSU community to co-curricular volunteer opportunities
· Developing programming to facilitate civic dialogue regarding issues affecting the local, national, and global community
There is no right or wrong way to be an active citizen and NDSU encourages students to engage with the community in a variety of ways: from volunteering, to activism, and from service-learning to civic leadership. During the 2014-2015 academic year, NDSU students engaged in over 84,500 hours of curricular and co-curricular service, which saved the community $2,124,163.51. To view the complete report of Community Engagement efforts at NDSU during the 2014-2015 academic year, please download the 2014-2015 Community Engagement Report.
For More information regarding North Dakota States commitment to community contact:
Assistant Director for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement