Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.79
Liaison Ian Johnson
Submission Date May 26, 2016
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Colorado College
EN-13: Community Stakeholder Engagement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 George Eckhardt
Campus Planner
Facilities Services
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Has the institution adopted a framework for community stakeholder engagement in governance, strategy and operations?:

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

The college has a Campus Master Plan which is approved by the City Planning Department. Most any major landscape or significant building exterior change affecting the physical campus requires city permits and sometimes formal submittal to City Planning as a development plan, or minor amendment to the campus master plan for review and approval. For significant changes, as determined by City Planning there may be a required 30-day posting of the project on the campus perimeter asking for outside community comments to City Planning, which are considered in the review process before approval is granted or denied. In some cases City Planning can require open neighborhood meetings with the college administration to discuss major proposed physical changes to the campus or to surrounding streets and traffic. This formal process allows for the external community to have a voice in the physical changes happening on campus.

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

Colorado College has run a soup kitchen every Sunday since 1992. In the fall of 2014, the soup kitchen underwent a large restructuring process in order to better reach the community and more heavily involve the students. The Collaborative for Community Engagement held The Soup Project competition over the course of the 2014-2015 school year. This competition was open to students to submit ideas and models for the new community outreach program. The program has been restructured. The Collaborative for Community Engagement is working to create a model that addresses root causes of homelessness in Colorado Springs, more closely involves students with the community members, and offers support programs for those community members that may be struggling.

The Collaborative for Community Engagement works closely with community stakeholders on a variety of projects. The CCE seeks to streamline service delivery, facilitate sustainable community partnerships, and move continually towards best practices. Towards these goals, the CCE strives for systematic program assessment and the nesting of programming in conceptual frameworks and research findings from across the disciplines. It also seeks to engage the rigors of the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences in the interest of social change and environmental stewardship.

List of identified community stakeholders:

-Old North End Neighborhood (Historic District)
-Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs
-Marion House Soup Kitchen (Catholic Church)
-Colorado City Planning Department
-Colorado Springs Food Rescure

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

-The Old North End Neighborhood presented CC's Campus Planner George Eckhardt with the ONEN Good Neighbor award for Historic Preservation in May of 2013.
-The Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs has presented the College with a number of awards over the years for historic preservation projects. The College has hosted the organization's October awards banquet in Bemis Great Hall for a number of years.
-The Colorado Springs Gazette ran an article in February 2014 celebrating the success of the Colorado Springs Food Rescue, a student group which uses bicycles with trailers to deliver excess food from Rastall kitchen to the Marion House soup kitchen throughout the week. http://gazette.com/support-growing-for-colorado-college-students-efforts-to-rescue-food-waste/article/1515030
-The Colorado City Planning Department, which requires community and college meetings regarding major construction plans on campus, has recently helped facilitate improvements at El Pomar, Slocum Hall, the Children's Center, 802 N Nevada,and Slocum Parking Lot. Each project allows 30 days for public input before the college is allowed to begin work.

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