Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.90
Liaison Kristina Hughes
Submission Date March 19, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Nebraska at Omaha
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Sarah Burke
Sustainability Coordinator
Student Affairs
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
The Collaborative

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above:

The Student Service and Leadership Collaborative (The Collaborative) started in 2014. The Collaborative is a student-led service program that is intended to provide UNO students with opportunities to engage with community nonprofits and organizations through services projects that lead to positive social change. The Collaborative is organized into six community service areas: Economic Sufficiency, Educational Support, Environmental Stewardship, Health & Wellness, International Service, and Social Justice.

The Collaborative Service Manager is responsible for working with a specific non-profit organization within an identified service area. Service Managers work with one non-profit organization throughout the academic year. In 2018-19, 22 student employees were matched with unique non-profit partners in Omaha. Each Spring, reviews are conducted with the students, staff, and non-profit supervisors to evaluate the program and experience to determine ways to enhance the experience.

The Collaborative is a co-curricular program designed to give students an opportunity to gain transferable job skills. While UNO students are improving their leadership, intercultural, social, and emotional competencies, they are simultaneously affecting positive social change in the Omaha Metro Area.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Middle College

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
The partnership supports at least one, but not all three, dimensions of sustainability

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (2nd partnership):

This UNO/OPS program which falls within the Multiple Pathways division of OPS is an option for high ability learners in need of an alternative setting. The program is a joint effort between OPS, UNO, and the Sherwood Foundation.

Students in the program have the ability and talents to be successful but have become disengaged in the traditional setting. Issues such as academic pace, social disconnects, family concerns or needs for a more flexible schedule may have caused the student to need an alternative learning environment.

The aim of the Middle College program is to re-engage the student through the power of the college campus. The program offers students flexibility, individualized learning plans, connections to UNO, and the opportunity to take college-level courses. Teaching in the Middle College program follows the Gradual Release Model for Instruction, which is the flexible delivery of modeling, guiding, sharing and independent forms of instruction.

https://multiplepathways.ops.org/MiddleCollegeProgram/tabid/93/Default.aspx#51034-about


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
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Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
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Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
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A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (3rd partnership):
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A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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