Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.83
Liaison Leslie North
Submission Date Jan. 9, 2015
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Western Kentucky University
EN-13: Community Stakeholder Engagement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Christian Ryan
Sustainability Coordinator
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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:

WKU has a Board of Advisors at the University level, as well as for many departments and programs. These groups are selected in various ways, but all are intended to be diverse, and bring expertise or insight into decision making processes.
Additionally, a series of open community forums were conducted to establish priorities as part of the Council on Post-Secondary Education Regional Stewardship Program. The intent was to identify pressing regional issues to inform targeted priorities for WKU's service region and to be addressed by our Regional Stewardship Program. One outcome that encourages further community involvement is the Community Partnerships Incentives Awards Program, sponsored by the WKU ALIVE Center.
The ALIVE Center is committed to bringing campus and community together for the enrichment of both higher education and public life. The Center facilitates collaborative efforts that address local, regional, and global needs while enhancing the level of student learning and educational experience.

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

WKU places extreme importance on diversity and inclusion. For many of the Advisory Boards, nominations are solicited and members are chosen based on appropriate stakeholder representation.
In determining regional needs, open forums were conducted. Open forums are often conducted on campus for faculty, students and staff regarding university changes or needs.
The WKU ALIVE Center conducts intentional outreach to underrepresented groups to encourage engagement and collaboration on university-community projects.

List of identified community stakeholders:

The President’s Board of Advisors comprises 66 individuals from around the region, representing alumni, parents, retired faculty and staff, and other identified WKU stakeholders.

The WKU ALIVE Center fosters campus-community partnerships with a variety of groups to ensure that WKU is considering and serving the needs of historically underserved populations. Some examples are:
Amigo Resource Network
The Homeless and Housing Coalition of Southern Kentucky
Senior Information Resource Network
Educational Resource for Youth
Disability Information Coalition
Refugee Craft Cooperative
Healthy and Active Lifestyle Training for At-Risk Youth

Additional University collaborations include partnerships with groups such as:
Habitat for Humanity
The Housing Authority of Bowling Green
Boys and Girls Club
The Bowling Green Fairness Coalition
The American Red Cross
United Way of Southern Kentucky
Bowling Green City Schools
Warren County Public Schools
Southern Kentucky Veteran Council
Barren River Area Development District
Hope Harbor
Bowling Green Refugee Center

+ Date Revised: Jan. 16, 2015

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

Outcomes include an informed and targeted Regional Stewardship Program, and many campus/community projects encouraged by the Community Partnerships Incentives Awards Program.
Additionally, the Board of Advisors advise the President on the creation and ongoing oversight of the University’s Strategic Action Plan.

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

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