Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.

Marian Wright Edelman

President and founder of the Children's Defense Fund

Public Engagement is "the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities"

- including those of diverse interest, type, and place from local to global - "for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in the context of partnership and reciprocity. The purpose... is to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good."
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What We Do

  • The College of Arts and Sciences encourages long-term, high-impact involvement in public engagement efforts. Here, we have highlighted a broad range of ongoing public engagement efforts of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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  • Applied learning refers to an educational approach whereby students learn by engaging in direct application of skills, theories and models.

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  • The College of Arts and Sciences recognizes research activities that address public needs and direct engagement with the public in the service of improving quality of life through research. Here, we have highlighted a broad range of publicly engaged research efforts of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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  • The College of Arts and Sciences internships provide students with meaningful work, educational experiences and practical experiences in their fields of academic study and interest.

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Recent News

Eureka! Girls Inc participant

UAlbany hosts STEM Leaders of Tomorrow
Close to 60 girls from Albany and Schenectady got the chance to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at UAlbany through the Girls Inc. Eureka! program. The science day camp was hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences and offered girls from underrepresented groups hands-on learning experiences and field trips in Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Physics.
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Working in the Arts and Sciences
by Debernee S. Privott, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Public Engagement (CAS), Director of the University in the High School Program - Public engagement encourages the UAlbany community to come together with the greater community to provide applied learning opportunities to address real-world challenges. This application of knowledge makes academia relevant to the real world. Read More

Renae Rapp, MSIS, has been extensively involved with the Rapp Road Historical Association through her internship as a Public History MA student. Read More

Partners in Programming
What began as a way for a psychology professor’s students to conduct child-development research in a real-world setting has turned into an award-winning partnership, with both UAlbany students and children in Schenectady reaping the benefits. Read More

Igniting Passion for Science
Matthew Vaughan, a fifth year doctoral student in the Atmospheric Science program, is looking forward to showing a group of middle schoolers how exciting it is to be a scientist. Read More

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The College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Albany brings The World Within Reach by connecting a diverse group of learners, scholars and practitioners in engaging and mutually beneficial partnerships. A gift to the College supports an array of activities, including courses in applied learning, publicly engaged research and scholarship, and study and service abroad opportunities.