UOE represents MSU, and in some cases takes a leadership role, in a number of cross-organizational bodies that focus on the advancement of university outreach and engagement. Among other things, these collaborations work on defining, assessing, benchmarking, classifying, and advocating for outreach and engagement.
The Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship (ACES) recognizes and contributes to high quality scholarship that, in collaboration with participating community partners, has a positive impact on complex societal needs and issues. ACES provides recommendations, on request, to inform local, regional, national, and international research and policy agendas. In recognition of their long careers of contributions, Lou Anna K. Simon, former President of Michigan State University, and Hiram Fitzgerald, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology and former Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, have been inducted by the Academy. Burton Bargerstock, director of the National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement, was inducted 2017 and currently serves as president of the ACES board of directors. Fitzgerald and Bargerstock were part of an international “think tank” that led to the founding of ACES in 2012.
A longtime member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), MSU has been active with its Council on Engagement and Outreach (CEO) for decades. CEO is composed of administrators responsible for outreach, engagement, community development, extension, and related functions at their universities. The Council provides a forum for members to discuss and take collaborative action on issues relevant to institutional efforts in community engagement. Over the past several years, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology and former Associate Provost Hiram Fitzgerald, director Burton Bargerstock, and Interim Associate Provost Laurie Van Egeren have worked on CEO committees studying a range of topics, including the centrality of community engagement in higher education, institutional measurement of outreach and engagement, and the landscape of community-engaged scholarship in American higher education. Fitzgerald and Bargerstock have each also been elected to serve on CEO's governing executive committee.
MSU has also been active with APLU's Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity for several years and is currently represented by Arnold Weinfeld, director of Urban Policy Initiatives.
MSU has been a leader in advocating for community-engaged scholarship and university outreach among the member universities of the Big 10 Academic Alliance (formerly the Committee on Institutional Cooperation). University Distinguished Professor of Psychology and former Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement Hiram Fitzgerald led efforts to charter the Alliance's Committee on Engagement and served as its inaugural chair. Under Fitzgerald's leadership, the Committee published Engaged Scholarship: A Resource Guide (2005). Interim Associate Provost Laurie Van Egeren currently represents MSU on the Big 10 Academic Alliance's Committee on Engagement.
The Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) is composed of higher education institutions working to promote strong university-community partnerships that are anchored in the rigor of scholarship and designed to help build community capacity. Hiram Fitzgerald, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology and former Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, was instrumental in helping this organization incorporate and served as its founding president through September 2015. During the eight years of his leadership the Consortium grew from seven to 33 institutional members, including universities outside the United States. Michigan State University hosted the Consortium's annual conference in 2011 and continues to be a vital voice within the ESC, as Interim Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, Laurie Van Egeren, represents MSU on the ESC board of directors, and National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement director, Burton Bargerstock, serves on the organization's Conference Leadership Committee.
The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) promotes the development and dissemination of research on service-learning and community engagement internationally and across all levels of the education system. MSU has played an active role with IARSLCE from its early years. Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement director emeritus, Karen McKnight Casey, organized its international conference on the MSU campus in 2005 and co-edited its proceedings volume with CSLCE colleagues the following year. MSU faculty and staff have been frequent presenters at IARSLCE conferences. In 2013, Burton Bargerstock was appointed to the IARSLCE board of directors, which elected him to serve as its Chair in 2015-2016. He was elected to a second term on the board in 2016-2017.
MSU faculty and academic specialists are regular contributors to the state and national conferences and meetings of Michigan Campus Compact and national Campus Compact. MSU has hosted workshops in Compact settings on topics ranging from the assessment of student engagement to best practices for working with community partners. Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement director Renee Brown is active with Michigan Campus Compact and previously served as its executive director.
Established after 2013, the National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI) is a community of practice that fosters the development of sustainable and scalable institutional capacity and engagement in broader impacts (BI) activity. It works to identify and curate promising models, practices, and evaluation methods; support the development of high-quality BI activities; develop the human resources to grow and increase the diversity of the BI community; and promote cross-institutional collaboration. Laurie Van Egeren, Interim Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, has been heavily engaged with NABI for the past several years and actively serves on its national steering committee.
Convened by Campus Compact, The Research University Civic Engagement Network (TRUCEN) works to advance civic engagement and engaged scholarship among research universities and to create resources and models for use across higher education. Michigan State University has been a member of TRUCEN since 2007, represented first by Karen McKnight Casey and currently by Renee Brown, director emeritus and director of the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement. McKnight Casey served on the editorial team that published TRUCEN's New Times Demand New Scholarship II: Research Universities and Civic Engagement — Opportunities and Challenges (2007). MSU hosted the annual meeting of TRUCEN in 2018.
Founded in 1915, the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) is the leading association for professional, continuing, and online education in North America. In addition to its programming, research, networking, and publications, UPCEA also works in the nation's capital to advocate for contemporary learners in public policy. MSU has been a member of UPCEA for much of its history, focusing in recent years on its work in community and economic engagement. National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement director Burton Bargerstock has been active with UPCEA since 1998. He was active in implementing the Association's recent strategic plan and served on its board of directors twice since 2010.
Institutional Awards and Honors
Since 2002, MSU and UOE received:
18 institutional awards and honors
UOE staff members received:
44 individual recognitions and honors
|U.S. Presidential Recognitions||Granting Organization||Year Awarded|
|Presidential Award for General Community Service||Corporation for National and Community Service||2009|
|President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction||Corporation for National and Community Service||2008, 2012|
|President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll||Corporation for National and Community Service||2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010|
|Other Institutional Awards and Honors||Granting Organization||Year Awarded|
|Community-Engaged University designation||Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching||2007, 2015|
|Recognition of Excellence Award for Innovations in Outreach and Engagement||University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) Outreach and Engagement Community of Practice||2007|
|American Red Cross Award||ARC Mid-Michigan Chapter and St. Vincent Catholic Charities – Refugee Services||2007|
|C. Peter Magrath/W. K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Regional Award||Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC), with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation||2009, 2011|
|Awards of Excellence Finalist||University Economic Development Association||2010|
|John A. Seeley Friend of Evaluation Award||Michigan Association for Evaluation||2011|
|Ford College Community Challenge||Ford Motor Company||2013|
|Michigan Engaged Campus of the Year||Michigan Campus Compact||2014|