The AASCU’s Task Force on Public Engagement offers the following definition of the publicly engaged institution: “The publicly engaged institution is fully committed to direct, two-way interactions with communities and other external constituencies through the development, exchange, and application of knowledge, information, and expertise for mutual benefit” (Jones, 2002, pp. 6-7).
“At the level of the institution, public scholarship means optimizing the extent to which University research informs and is informed by the public good, maximizes the generation and transfer of knowledge and technology, educates the public about what research the University does, and listens to the public about what research needs to be done. This scholarship contributes to the intellectual and social capital of the University and the State (and larger regions), and includes (but is not limited to) the transfer of knowledge and technology that contributes to improved quality of life for significant portions of the populous.” (Hamilton & McConnell, University of Minnesota)
WKU faculty, staff and students can explore public engagement opportunities in a variety of ways. The Center for Citizenship & Social Justice promotes public engagement at WKU by connecting the campus to the following opportunities to contribute to the public good:
- Social Activism
- Civic Engagement
- Awareness & Advocacy
- Charitable Giving
- Public Research
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