Montana State University

Mountains and Minds: Learners and Leaders

Engagement

Goal:  
Members of the Montana State University community will be leaders, scholars and engaged citizens of their local, national and global communities, working together with community partners to exchange and apply knowledge and resources to improve the human prospect.

Objective E.1: Strategically increase service, outreach and engagement at MSU.

Metric E.1.1: By 2013, MSU will have a campus-wide coordinating infrastructure to support and advance engagement, outreach and service.

Technical note: Development of this infrastructure is currently underway.

Metric E.1.2: By 2019, the number of students, faculty and staff involved in outreach activities will increase, with particular attention to underserved areas and minority populations.

Technical note: These data are not currently collected though this can be accomplished via yearly self-reporting. Staff should be surveyed for current and potential new engagement activities. The Council on Leadership, Outreach and Engagement should be consulted.

Metric E.1.3:  By 2019, the number of students, faculty and staff involved in service activities will increase.

Technical note: These data are not currently collected though this can be accomplished via yearly self-reporting. The Council on Leadership, Outreach and Engagement should be consulted.

Metric E.1.4: By 2019, all MSU students and faculty will have an engagement experience during their time at MSU.

Technical note: These data are not currently collected. It would be easiest to track this for students if the experiences were transcripted. At least one committee is currently considering whether or not an "E" course designation should be added to the current curriculum. There are also very preliminary discussions of a Core 3.0.  Faculty engagement is not yet systematically measured and requires self-reporting in a faculty activity reporting system.

Metric E.1.5: By 2019, MSU staff will have increased opportunities for engagement experiences.

Technical Note:These data are not currently collected though this can be accomplished via yearly self-reporting.

Metric E.1.6: By 2019, MSU will have increased the percentage of students actively participating in student organizations.

Technical note: The number of groups registered with the Office of Activities and Engagement is reportable, but the number of students involved may not be.

Objective E.2: MSU graduates will have global and multicultural understanding and experiences.

Metric E.2.1: By 2019, the percentage of MSU students participating in cross-cultural study, work or service experiences, incorporating both academic preparation and post-experience reflection, will double.

Technical note: We will need a clear definition of what counts as "meaningful cross-cultural study". Diversity courses are required in the Core 2.0 curriculum. Additional service- and experiential-learning, credit-bearing activities are also measurable, however noncredit-bearing activity is not currently collected centrally.

Objective E.3: MSU students, faculty and staff will have increased opportunities for leadership development.

Metric E.3.1: By 2019, the number of opportunities for leadership development and practice will have increased.  Awareness of the opportunities will have also increased.

Technical Note: The infrastructure to support this will need to exist. Tracking data are not currently collected, though this can be accomplished via a combination of participation tracking (seminar attendance, committee membership, etc.), self-reporting and performance review input.

Metric E.3.2: By 2019, the percentage of MSU students, faculty and staff participating in leadership development activities will increase.

Technical Note: The infrastructure to support this will need to exist. Tracking data are not currently collected though this can be accomplished via a combination of participation tracking (seminar attendance, committee membership, etc.), self-reporting and performance review input.

MSU Extension offers master gardener training across Montana.

MSU Extension offers master gardener training across Montana.


he MSU Chapter of Engineers Without Borders works with communities to bring clean water to schools in rural Kenya.

The MSU Chapter of Engineers Without Borders works with communities to bring clean water to schools in rural Kenya.