How does a public university with over 80,000 students across 24 campuses provide every student with an engaged scholarship experience? This article chronicles the first steps of this ambitious journey to educate a new generation of engaged scholars by building engagement ecosystems: networks of students, faculty, courses, and communities working together on compelling socially relevant projects around a common theme. By incorporating projects from an impact-focused community engagement program into a cross-section of existing classes, universities can expand engagement opportunities from a select few to the vast majority of the students. This article reviews current approaches to scale engagement opportunities before describing the principles and mechanics of the Engagement Ecosystem model. A case study of the pilot implementation of this model is presented with preliminary assessment results (n=1,165), key lessons learned, and future expansion plans.
Mehta, Khanjan; Gorski, Irena; Liu, Chang; Weinstein, Suzanne; Brua, Chas; and Christensen, Adam
"Expanding Engagement Opportunities at a Large Land-Grant Research University: The Engagement Ecosystem Model,"
Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship: Vol. 8
, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.northgeorgia.edu/jces/vol8/iss2/5