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Projects with Promise

Vol. 24 No. 2

Community Engagement Plans: A Tool for Institutionalizing Community Engagement

February 23, 2020


The University of Louisville guided the development of community engagement plans by its academic and administrative units to strengthen their ability to assess and improve their partnership, outreach, and engaged scholarship with community partners. Using a common template, each unit developed a process for engaging with the community, building on its particular strengths and interests. The engagement plans serve as a road map to get each unit engaged with the larger community and institutionalize engagement across the university. Discussion centers around the template used to develop the engagement plans and the role they play in institutionalizing community engagement. A further look is taken at the process used to develop and implement the plans as well as some of the challenges and opportunities that were encountered along the way.