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Goal Three

Vol. 16 No. 4

Developing and Evaluating a Student Scholars Program to Engage Students with the University’s Public Service and Outreach Mission

October 2, 2012


A “student scholars” program was developed to engage undergraduates at a large, public, land-grant research university with its public service and outreach mission, through cohort meetings, supervised internships, and site visits. Qualitative and
pre-/post-participation quantitative data from the first cohort of 10 students show that participants gained deeper understanding of the university’s public service and outreach mission, purpose, and activities, and developed skills appropriate to engaging in this work themselves. Such a program holds promise for creating a core of informed student advocates for the university’s public service and outreach mission and engagement work as well as improving these students’ own competencies and motivations for incorporating public service and outreach into their academic and professional careers.