President and Provost Announce Action Plan To Advance the University’s Community Engagement

To the University at Albany Community:

We are pleased to announce that the Steering Committee on Community Engagement has completed an Action Plan to Advance Community Engagement at UAlbany. The Committee's final product, the plan presents five strategies and several action steps as well as a vision and mission statement for community-engaged teaching, research and service at the university.  We invite you to view the plan at http://www.albany.edu/outreach/Action_Plan.pdf and we welcome your comments. Please send them to mtrementozzi@uamail.albany.edu.  As a "working draft," the action plan will evolve over time, particularly as the campus undertakes strategic planning in the future.

We commend the Committee's work and the road map they have laid out for the future. One of the plan's strengths is that it reflects a breadth of perspectives among faculty and administrators.  We want to thank the Committee members for their dedicated work and also co-chairs Lynn Videka, former Vice President for Research, and Miriam Trementozzi, Associate Vice President for Community Engagement, President's Office, for their leadership. Graduate Assistant Sarah Imboden, who staffed the Committee, should be recognized for her efforts as well.

The Committee's work ranged from taking stock of UAlbany's community partnerships to considering best practices at other universities to holding focus groups with community leaders. A culminating campus event was the forum we held with the Committee in March of this year when Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor spoke on her vision, Scholarship in Action through Community Engagement.

We've asked Miriam Trementozzi to begin working on some preliminary steps. A major one is to help us build greater external recognition of our accomplishments in community engagement by developing a communications campaign with the Office of Communications and Marketing.  We can do much to tell our story of successes in a big and compelling way. This can only help benefit the University, especially in difficult fiscal times. Miriam will also work to launch the internal committee recommended in the Action Plan to facilitate more collaboration and communication across campus.

Again, your thoughts on the action plan are welcome. Please forward them to mtrementozzi@uamail.albany.edu.

Many thanks.

Sincerely yours,

George M. Philip          Susan D. Phillips

President                     Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs