History

Carefully Defining the Problem and the Solution

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This strategic plan responds to a problem that has been carefully informed by an expansive and data-driven process. Over the past three years, three separate inquiries into community engagement provided diverse stakeholder input: the Task Force on Community Engagement in St. Joseph; an external evaluation of Local Community County1; Engagement2; Coordinating Council’s Strategic Planning Pre-Assessment3. The investigations tapped over 400 campus and community-based individuals, and the strategic planning process was guided by the Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research.

Key Milestones

  • 2009, Dec.: Associate Provost Dennis Jacobs encourages pursuit of the Carnegie Foundation Classification for Community Engagement

  • 2010, Feb.-Aug.: ad hoc Steering Committee develops Carnegie application

  • 2010, July: Notre Dame invited to join The Research University Civic Engagement Network (TRUCEN)

  • 2011, Jan.: ND receives Carnegie Community Engagement designation

  • 2011, Mar.: First meeting of the Task Force on Community Engagement4, convened by Associate Provost Don Pope-Davis and Vice President Jan Botz, OPAC

  • 2011, June: Report of the Notre Dame Task Force on Community Engagement; recommends formation of Community Engagement Coordinating Council (CECC)

  • 2011-2012: William Lies, CSC, Steering Committee, and CECC complete a 9-month strategic planning process5

  • 2012, July: CECC Strategic Plan for Community Engagement released

  • 2012, Aug.-Present: CECC convenes quarterly


1Task Force on Community Engagement in St. Joseph County. (2009). 2009 Community Engagement Research Summary. Office of Public Affairs and Communication.

2Worldstudio. (2011, May). University of Notre Dame Local Community Engagement: Research, Findings + Recommendations. Produced for B. Lies, J. Rucker, T. Sexton, & T. Woodward by Worldstudio, Andréa Pellegrino, Principal.

3Beckman, M., Brockman, J., Caponigro, J., Frabutt, J. M., & Greene, S. (2011, October). Pre-assessment to support strategic planning of the Community Engagement Coordinating Council. Steering Committee, Community Engagement Coordinating Council.

4Members: Carl Ackerman, Mary Beckman, Jay Brandenberger, Jay Brockman, Theodore Cachey, Jay Caponigro, Jim Frabutt, Richard Garnett, Stuart Greene, William Lies, CSC (Chair), Hugh Page, Timothy Sexton, Krupali Uplekar, Mitch Wayne

5Members: Mary Beckman, Heather Boyd, Jay Brandenberger, Julia Braungart-Rieker, Jay Brockman, Ted Cachey, Jay Caponigro, Kevin Dugan, Jim Frabutt, Tom Frecka, Rick Garnett, Stuart Greene, Hope Hollocher, Robert L. Jones, William Lies, CSC, Chris Nowak, Hugh Page, Don Schindler, Tim Sexton, Lucien Steil, Anna 
Thompson, Mitch Wayne