Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.19
Liaison Justin Mog
Submission Date Feb. 13, 2016
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University of Louisville
EN-13: Community Stakeholder Engagement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 David Simpson
Urban and Public Affairs
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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 university Strategic Plan The 2020 Plan: Making it Happen describes the university's commitment to community engagement and reinforces the concept of a "Citizen University." Future growth of initiatives in the Signature Partnership, Ideas to Action (i2a), Student Affairs and in each academic unit will result in significant increases in our community service projects and community-based instructional and research efforts.
In the Carnegie Community Engagement application the university was asked "How does the institution classify community-engaged scholarship (service, scholarship of application, other)?" In response we answered that "the university is engaged in an on going conversation about how to best define community engagement. The university's basic construct for community engagement is embedded in teaching, research and service."

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

Primarily through the signature partnership approach. The Signature Partnership is a University effort to enhance the quality of life and economic opportunity for residents of West Louisville. The goal is to work with various community partners to improve the education, health, residents, and social status of individuals and families who live in our urban core. Working closely with community, residents, Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville Metro Government, Metro United Way, the Urban League, faith based organizations, and many others the University has coordinated and enhanced existing programs and launched new programs designed to eliminate or reduce disparities that West Louisville residents experience in education, health, economic and social conditions. The University is drawing upon the expertise and energy of faculty, staff, and students from every school and college at UofL to deal with the quality of life issues affecting our community.

List of identified community stakeholders:

The University of Louisville / Community Partnership Board of Advisors includes the following representatives of community stakeholders outside of UofL:

Educational organizations:
Dr. Frank Smith (CO-CHAIR)
Executive Vice President
Simmons College of Kentucky

Dr. Diane Calhoun-French
Provost and VP for Academic and Student Affairs
Jefferson Community and Technical College

Private sector organizations:
Mrs. Deborah Benberry-Williams
Vice President, PNC Bank

Mrs. Jill J. Bell
Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
Passport Health Plans

Ms. Donna McDonald
West Louisville Business Association

Government agencies:
Mr. Michael Gritton
Executive Director, Kentuckiana Works

Religious organizations:
Rev. Vincent E. James, Sr.
Interdenominational Ministerial Coalition

Civil Society:
Ms. Jennifer Helgeson
President and CEO
Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana

Ms. Mary Gwen Wheeler
Executive Director, 55,000 Degrees

Mr. Larry McDonald
The Lincoln Foundation

Mr. Tony Peyron
Program Officer
CE&S Foundation

Mr. Joe Tolan
Executive Director, Metro United Way

Ms. Grace Lewis
Community at Large

Ms. Bonnie Cole
Community at Large

+ Date Revised: May 6, 2016

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

University of Louisville Community Partnerships, 2014-15 Through the partnerships created during the 2014-15 academic year, faculty, staff and students have become engaged in the local, state-wide, national and international community through engaged teaching, research and service. Students have given more than 447,000 hours of service through the 1,214 reported community partnerships. According to the Independent Sector, the value of UofL volunteer time in 2014-15 was an estimated $9,086,206.

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

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