The University of Notre Dame assesses its outreach efforts on the definition provided by the Carnegie
Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Classification of Community Engagement:
Community Engagement describes the collaboration between institutions of higher
education and their larger communities-local, regional/state, national, global-for the mutually beneficial
exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.
University outreach and engaged partnerships can include applied research; support services to education,
business, non-profit organizations, government, and community groups. The report should be limited to
agreements between the institution and an external entity only, not an individual faculty member or staff's
personal activity (coaching, church activities, club membership, etc.). In other words, please report
partnerships that derive from the associated faculty or staff member's role / discipline within the University.
Some common characteristics of Partnerships:
- Focus on a community need or issue.
- Provides opportunities for faculty, staff and students to participate in community-based learning, research or service.
- Are tied to an external community partner organization(s).
- Activities are of mutual benefit to the partner and the university.
- Are often formalized, and may have a contract or memorandum of agreement to specify the terms of operation.
- May be funded from a variety of sources including university funds. Some partnerships are unfunded and have only in-kind support.
- May be professional development training provided to a public or community organization.
Questions? Please contact the Director of Community Engagement in the Office of Public Affairs or call (574) 631-9423
Welcome to the University of Notre Dame Community Engagement Outreach Database!
If you would like an orientation to this effort, please read on for more information. If you are familiar with this site, please login below.
The University of Notre Dame is committed to promoting community engagement
that aligns with the
mission and goals of both the University and its partners around the globe, and to producing outcomes
for mutual benefit. To support sustainable and coordinated engagement for faculty, staff and students, the
University's Office of Public Affairs
has developed this database tool. We thank you for your
collaboration in raising standards and expectations for positive engagement in our world.
Search Projects - Enter your University NetID and password and select criteria
from the options given. Submit a query to locate projects, engaged faculty / staff, and community partners
that can help you plan / initiate your effort.
Enter / Update your Project - Your
contributions matter. Please share your engagement activity by entering your NetID and password, then click
"Create Project" to get started. Click here if you are not sure if your project fits the definition of an
engaged partnership. Once set up, you can update your project at anytime.
Publicize your Project - Engagement efforts
can be rewarding as well as challenging! If you would like to communicate your successes or help others
avoid pitfalls, click the box on sharing your story in the survey. You will be contacted for more details to
publicize your story in appropriate venues, internally or externally.
Report on your Project
- Would you like a
report on engagement for your department, center or unit? Contact the University's Director of Community
to help prepare a summary of activity.
If your project is connected to a course that bears credit at the University of Notre Dame, please
contact Dr. Connie Snyder Mick at firstname.lastname@example.org
to make sure it has the official "Community Engagement Course"
in the Registrar's system.