The Scholar-Educator Community: Progress 2010-2012
Reaching Out to the Community
The School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education (SGSCE) funded a task force in Summer 2011 with representatives from each college to examine both expanding and evaluating the University's community engagement efforts. The final report was submitted in December 2011 and includes the recommendation to create a Program for Community-Based Learning.
The mission of the Program for Community-Based Learning will be to connect campus academic programs with the region and community through service learning and community based research projects. The program will foster the infusion of service learning courses across campus by offering professional development support for faculty and academic departments seeking to integrate community-based learning into their curriculum. Though this program, the University will be to evaluate the impact of service learning and community-based research experiences on student civic engagement, and personal and social responsibility learning outcomes; as well as the value of the program's sponsored projects in meeting the needs of community partners.
The LEARN Center offers programs that support this initiative such as "Getting Started in Community Based Learning" which was offered in October 2011.
Research Opportunities Abound
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program in Community Based Research Fellowship (SURF-CBR) provides opportunities for students to develop research projects that apply their academic skills, experiences, and ideas to real world problems.
The UW-Whitewater Education Outreach grant program provides funding to support initiatives that establish or enhance UW-Whitewater relationships with area educators and/or administrators with the purposes of improving PK-12 education in Southeastern Wisconsin.
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Student Research Training Program (STaRT) is designed to promote undergraduate research in first and second year students by providing paid mentored research opportunities.
State of Ingenuity Evaluation Project
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) has partnered with the Fiscal & Economic Research Center (FERC) to conduct an impact analysis of the State of Ingenuity project - a $5.9 million Economic Development Administration award. The FERC will analyze economic growth in the State of Ingenuity region (Kenosha, Racine, Rock, Walworth, Boone, and Winnebago counties) through a comparison to five similar regions.
The partnership efforts are highlighted in the UW-System Partnership Data Report.