Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.72
Liaison Kathy Johnson
Submission Date April 22, 2014
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Black Hills State University
EN-13: Community Stakeholder Engagement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Katie Greer
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Services
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Has the institution adopted a framework for community stakeholder engagement in governance, strategy and operations?:
Yes

A brief description of the policies and procedures that ensure community stakeholder engagement is applied systematically and regularly across the institution’s activities:

One of BHSU's Strategic Plan goals is to enhance community and regional relations.
To achieve this, BHSU is working to increase attendance by community members as well as faculty and staff at BHSU lectures, athletic, and cultural events, develop a collegiate look and feel within Spearfish and region that ensures a welcoming presence for students and visitors, increase attendance at city council meetings, chamber functions, economic development meetings, cracker barrels and other community events, and increase alumni involvement through campus events, regional alumni groups, and advocacy.

Another goal in our Strategic Plan is to increase partnerships with businesses and industries by creating experiential learning opportunities in business and industry for students, faculty, and staff through research and collaborations, provide consultation and service to businesses and industries, establish and utilize advisory boards and continue work with economic development entities, grant agencies, and interested individuals regarding a business incubator.


A brief description of how the institution identifies and engages community stakeholders, including any vulnerable or underrepresented groups:

Our strategic plan calls us to continue to build and expand partnerships with Native American communities by increasing collaborations with K-12 schools and tribal colleges serving Native American students and with tribal leaders and tribal governments.


List of identified community stakeholders:

City of Spearfish, Spearfish Chamber of Commerce, Sanford Underground Research Facility, local tribal governments, regional school districts, BHSU alumni, and Spearfish community members and businesses.


A brief description of successful community stakeholder engagement outcomes from the previous three years:

Black Hills State University’s proximity to the Sanford Underground Research Facility at Homestake combined with a high level of interest among faculty and staff has created numerous collaborative projects not only in science but also in science education and across the disciplines. Students at BHSU have already had the opportunity to participate in ground-breaking research and are poised to maximize future opportunities as they emerge. BHSU sees the activity at the Sanford Lab as another way to create innovative educational opportunities for students.


The website URL where information about the institution’s community stakeholder engagement framework and activities is available:

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