Arkansas Tech University Civic Action Plan

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This action plan creates outcomes aimed at each Campus Compact Commitment.

#1        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.

CREATE A SUPPORT STRUCTURE.

  • Advisory board
  • College liaisons
  • Training opportunities
  • Mini grants
  • Marketing plan

#2        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.

CREATE A CULTURE OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

  • Marketing plan
  • Community engagement certificate
  • Annual Community Engagement Symposium
  • Community engagement living learning center
  • Interdisciplinary project based learning courses

#3        We embrace our responsibilities as place-based institutions, contributing to the health and strength of our communities – economically, socially, environmentally, educationally, and politically.

ESTABLISH ATU AS COMMUNITY PARTNER.

  • Community partnerships
  • Community members on advisory board
  • Annual community engagement symposium
  • Annual community engagement appreciation luncheon
  • Encourage ATU staff and faculty to serve in community

#4        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.

CREATE TARGETED COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES.

  • Partnerships with specific groups addressing social and economic inequalities
  • Partnerships with specific faculty, staff, and programs addressing social and economic inequalities

#5        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.

DEMONSTRATE A CLEAR MESSAGE.

  • Marketing plan
  • Create a support system for community engagement initiatives
  • Develop community engagement symposium
  • Carnegie Classification
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