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[Institution Name] Gathers Data to Strengthen Community Engagement Strategy
[Your City, State] – Each week, [Institution name] places more than [#,###] students in schools, businesses, neighborhoods, non-profit organizations and other locations as a way of learning while performing important tasks that contribute to community progress and well-being. Last year, for example, [include institution stories, such as “### students provided tutoring to school children in ## public schools and another ### students provided free health assessment services through local free clinics”]. This type of “learning by doing” connects higher education to public issues and is a growing practice across colleges and universities. The idea is called “community engagement,” meaning that the campus is partnering with communities to work together for mutual benefit – students learn and communities thrive.
[Institution name] will be one of the first higher education institutions in the United States to utilize Collaboratory, an online database that facilitates the tracking, reporting, connecting and planning of all institutional community engagement initiatives.
Created by TreeTop Commons, LLC and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Collaboratory is the only product of its kind to allow higher education institutions to collect and analyze comprehensive data about the people, relationships, activities, and outcomes of community-engaged activities. With this information in hand, colleges and universities will be able to measure their impact, build relationships with community partners, gather invaluable data for reports and grant requests, and develop an understanding of higher education community engagement nationwide. Not only will communication amongst faculty, staff and community partners be enhanced, but community members will be able to learn more about how [Institution name] is involved locally by accessing the public website.
“Collaboratory provides institutions a realistic perspective on existing efforts within the community, so that they can understand the patterns and impacts of engagement, deepen connections, and coordinate and improve efforts," according to Lisa Keyne, Collaboratory's Chief Strategy Officer at TreeTop Commons, LLC. "We are excited to be partnering with [Institution name] to introduce Collaboratory."
[Institution name] demonstrated that community engagement and public service are integral to the institution's strategic mission in order to become an early adopter of the Collaboratory initiative. [Insert quote about hopes and goals for Collaboratory from president/chancellor or provost, such as "As faculty and staff commit to tracking their work with Collaboratory, our institution will use this data to further enhance the work we are doing with and for our local and global communities. We want to deepen our commitment to student learning through engagement, and to being a partner with the community to enhance quality of life for all our citizens."]
You can view and search [Institution name]'s Collaboratory by going to (insert your unique Collaboratory url OR link to institution homepage where they can click on Collaboratory link). If you would like more information about Collaboratory at [Institution name], contact [name of Collaboratory administrator] who will oversee and support its implementation.
Collaboratory is a database that collects information about a college or university’s external partnerships that connect teaching, learning and research to community goals and priorities as well as public service activities. Collaboratory will be the basis for a national database of higher education’s engagement in public issues and provide an opportunity for benchmarking and research on best practices and impacts.
Collaboratory empowers higher education institutions to document and understand the full scope of their community engagement and public service activities to improve practice and outcomes.
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