About This Initiative

Because of Penn State’s commitment to engaged scholarship, members of the University community are working toward creating more opportunities for students to participate in out-of-classroom academic experiences, such as undergraduate research, study abroad, study away, embedded travel courses, community-based learning, service learning, internships, and capstone experiences.

Why Is Engaged Scholarship Important?

Engaged scholarship experiences contribute to students’ academic, personal, and social growth and development. These experiences also help to foster integration into University life, enabling students to feel more connected. And, they add distinction and value to a Penn State education, contributing to continued success after graduation.

How Does Engaged Scholarship Fit Into the Mission of Penn State?

Engagement is woven into the fabric of Penn State’s culture and identity, exemplified by its mission:

“Our research, scholarship, and creative activity promote human and economic development, global understanding, and progress in professional practice through the expansion of knowledge and its applications in the natural and applied sciences, social sciences, arts, humanities, and the professions.

As Pennsylvania’s land-grant university, we provide unparalleled access and public service to support the citizens of the Commonwealth. We engage in collaborative activities with industrial, educational, and agricultural partners here and abroad to generate, disseminate, integrate, and apply knowledge that is valuable to society.”

The University’s vision of engagement involves the integration of teaching, research, and service to enable its faculty, staff, and students to address pressing societal challenges faced by its communities. This integration informs and invigorates each of the missions, simultaneously encouraging faculty to cut across disciplinary lines and work reciprocally and in partnership with communities on problems of mutual concern.

Penn State’s commitment to engaged scholarship is best evidenced through the number and variety of initiatives, which span colleges, campuses, and communities; it is formally acknowledged through the 2008 Community Engagement Classification (Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships) from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. View Penn State’s 2008 Documentation Reporting Form for the Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement, as well as the Partnership Grid.

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