Visit ENGAGE! for a listing of the engagement and outreach activities happening on campus.
“P-20” refers to education and training at all levels — pre-school through graduate studies — in schools, community colleges, workplaces, and other community settings. The Carnegie Foundation, which awarded NIU the classification for Community Engagement, defines it this way: “Engagement describes the collaboration between higher education institutions and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.” Put more simply, P-20 engagement means building mutually beneficial relationships related to education and training at all levels. “Engaged” partners learn together, discover new knowledge, and enjoy benefits that include meeting community needs, increasing economic vitality, and improving quality of life across the region.
The P-20 Center manages a portfolio of initiatives that involves multiple colleges with external partners. Center staff link faculty scholars with needs in the field and convene dialogues among potential partners. In 2013, the Center manages and supports almost thirty projects and programs.
Yes. Here are some of the resources the Center can offer:
The Center works with other units at NIU to develop background information on potential partners.
Potentially, yes. We can help you locate like-minded colleagues and external partners. Being part of an interdisciplinary group can enhance your grant proposal.
You do. The Center provides support, facilitation, and coordination. We like to be thanked when we help you, but we are not seeking credit.
Yes. The Center hosts a variety of professional development activities. We welcome suggestions for meetings to promote faculty initiatives, research expertise, and model practices.
NIU strategic planning funds support this organization. We also depend on the efforts and good will of those who collaborate on Center activities.
Here is how Ohio State's Office of Research and Engagement answers this question: “If you are engaged...
NIU’s Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning is dedicated to ensuring that NIU students benefit from engagement through high-impact experiences on campus and off campus. “…We seek to enhance the cognitive, social, and academic skills of our students to prepare them to be life-long learners and responsible citizens in our ever-changing, global society.
We also like Ohio State's response on this question: “Student benefits include
(The Ohio State University, Office of University Outreach and Engagement)
NIU brings experts and resources to the complex issues facing our communities. The Center for P-20 Engagement assembles teams from multiple disciplines, often composed of both faculty and students. In addition to making your community a better place to live, you will be training the leaders of tomorrow how to apply their academic knowledge to solve real-world problems.