2006 Draft of Documentation Framework for
Elective Classification - Community Engagement
I. Foundational Indicators
A. Institutional Identity and Culture
Required Documentation (Complete all 4 of the following)
1. Does the institution indicate that community engagement is a priority in its mission statement (or
Yes No Quote the mission (vision)
Campus mission, vision, values, and engagement goal and objectives
As Nebraska‘s metropolitan university, UNO is characterized by its strong academic foundations and creative community
relationships that transform and improve the lives of constituents, the region, and the nation.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha will be among the nation‘s premier metropolitan universities – a university of high distinction
with strong academic and scholarly values distinguished by creative relationships with the communities we serve.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha community is a diverse group of individuals sharing core values and working together to
accomplish a common mission and vision.
That knowledge enriches the lives of all people and is committed to preparing students to face the challenges of living and learning in
an ever-changing world;
In an educational partnership characterized by the commitment of students to learning; faculty to the highest ideals of teaching,
research, service; and staff to the highest standards of education and service;
In the welfare, talents and future of our employees and their expanding professional development;
In the educational, cultural, and economic strengths of our communities and is committed to enhancing these through teaching,
research, service and outreach;
In the importance of educated and healthy citizens and programs that improve their quality of life;
In the principles of inclusion, representation, openness and diversity.
[Skip Goal 1: Student Focus and Goal 2: Academic Excellence]
Goal 3: UNO will be recognized for its outstanding engagement with the urban, regional, national, and global communities. Source:
UNO promotes partnerships that transform and improve urban, regional, national and global life. UNO supports dynamic and
reciprocal relationships with constituents. Knowledge can be shared; accessible resources applied; and energies can be extended to
continuously address contemporary issues. UNO will
Objective 1: Increase its response to the needs, interests, and differences inherent in the diverse community it serves.
Objective 2: Increase its capacity to meet the continuing educational, training, enrichment, and service needs of its varied
Objective 3: Expand its partnerships that meet the educational, training, enrichment, and service needs of the community.
Objective 4: Increase the professional and community service provided by its faculty, staff, and students.
Objective 5: Increase its recognition of the involvement and contributions of alumni and community partners to UNO‘s academic
Objective 6: Increase its students‘ educational and developmental experiences.
The Academic Affair’s Strategic Plan Address Community Engagement
Academic Affair‘s purpose is to provide quality service and support to University of Nebraska at Omaha‘s colleges and programs.
Our staff is committed to working with faculty and staff to ensure the effective implementation of UNO‘s strategic plan, which builds
on solid academic programs, student centered philosophy, and continuing community engagement. This mission guides the delivery
of all academic courses and programs at UNO – all part of our efforts to assist in building and maintaining learning environments that
support student learning.
2. Does the institution formally recognize community engagement through awards and
Campus Strategic Awards ( at the homepage link to the Strategic Plan):
The annual Chancellor‘s Strategic Planning Awards are designed to recognize units, both academic and non-academic, and cross-
disciplinary initiatives that exemplify a commitment to furthering UNO‘s strategic goals – a focus on helping UNO‘s diverse student
body reach their potential, a commitment to academic excellence, and an active engagement with the community and region. The
specific criteria and process is below. The awards are open to students, staff and faculty.
The Chancellor‘s Strategic Planning Awards are a means of recognizing extraordinary progress toward furthering the campus
strategic mission and goals to become a metropolitan university of distinction. It is an attempt by the university community to honor
its own student, faculty and staff units, and cross-disciplinary initiatives. Three awards will be given annually. Awardees shall have
performed with distinction in any of these fields: student focus, academic excellence or community engagement. The awards shall
be limited to student groups, academic and non-academic units, and cross-disciplinary initiatives rather than individuals.
Campus Individual Awards for Community Engagement:
Del and Lou Ann Weber Award of Excellence – recognizes a faculty member or administrator at UNO who has rendered
outstanding professional service to the community, state or nation.
The annual Alumni Awards for Excellence in Public Service and the Hubert Locke Award for Distinguished Service –
recognizes the best in integrity, stewardship, volunteerism, leadership and commitment to social justice in the public and community
Student Service Learning Award – This award is presented to an undergraduate or graduate student who has provided service in
an outstanding manner and has maintained an excellent partner relationship with the community.
Outstanding Faculty Service-Learning Award – rewards commitment to service-learning.
3. Does the institution have a system for assessing community perceptions about the effectiveness
of the institution‘s engagement with community?
Yes No Describe system
Strategic Advances and workshops.
The UNO campus holds an open strategic advance and workshops twice a year with invited community leaders and partners. The
advances revolve around the 3 strategic goals of student focus, academic excellence, and community engagement. The May 8,
2006 advance focused on community engagement and 300+ faculty, students, staff, and community leaders participated. The
strategic advance provides ample opportunity for discussion and feedback in round table groups and activities to collect opinions and
data. Feedback summaries for the six most recent Strategic Advances are available at the Strategic Planning website. The
proceedings are for the May advance below.
O! What a University
FOCUS ON COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Agenda (8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.)
NU Strategic Framework
Environmental Scan Roundtable Activity (participants)
Task Force Summaries
Poster List and Invitation to Poster Session highlighting Community Engagement partnerships
Campus Community Engagement/Outreach Panel Presentation
Omaha Neighborhood Scan
Institutional Accountability, Assessment, & AQIP Progress Report
UNO Centennial Planning Preview
Results of RoundTable Activity Reported Out
Environmental Scan Activity (participants)
Other Venues for assessing community perceptions – some examples
Metropolitan Omaha Educational Consortium (MOEC) - is a model collaboration between UNO College of Education and the
seven metropolitan area school districts. The consortium is a catalyst for identifying high priority issues common to member
organizations and addressing these issues through joint task forces and projects. MOEC provides a forum for professionals from
across the educational spectrum and community to share information and work together in the areas of teaching, research, and
service. The resulting synergy of ideas and resources makes MOEC a powerful tool for improving education. The organization has
been in existence over 30 years.
Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR) – is the lead agency for the Nebraska State Data Center. The Center provides
assistance in utilizing data and conducting research on employment trends, migration, population change, and other factors
describing individual communities, counties, and the state. The center provides technical assistance and advice on conducting
surveys to the College of Public Affairs and Community Service and UNO faculty, nonprofit, and government agencies. The work of
CPARS benefits the UNO campus community and reaches a broad audience across the State.
Center for Organizational Research & Evaluation (CORE) – links faculty consultants from the UNO College of Public Affairs and
Community Service (CPACS) with governmental and nonprofit organizations to add value to their operations and services and
ensure successful outcomes.
Center for Economic Education (CEE) – mission is to improve the economic literacy of current and future Nebraska and Western
Iowa citizens by providing educational and training programs and materials for teachers of K-12 classes. Teachers work with the
Center to evaluate and improve the program.
Survey of Community Perception About UNO 2005 – a joint project between CPAR and the Office of Institutional Research
assessed affordability, accessibility, UNO image, contact with the campus, athletics, awareness of engagement activities, services
and cultural events, library services, facilities rentals, and general perceptions about the campus. The information was incorporated
into a report from the Environmental Scan Task Force.
Entering Student (freshmen and transfer) Surveys – assess student interest in engaging in metropolitan initiatives such as
internships, volunteering, fund raising, political campaigning, public speaking, entrepreneurship, community service, learning
community participation, and other metropolitan opportunities. Students who self-identify (about 70%) receive invitations throughout
the year to participate in activities related to their interests.
Each UNO College/School assesses community perceptions including the perceptions of engagement partners and
employers of graduates. For example, the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, created amidst the social and racial
turbulence in the early 1970‘s, ensures that the university continues to be responsive to critical social needs and concerns of the
community and the state. Educational and training programs of the highest caliber (developed with input from community members),
prepare students for careers and leadership in public service. Today, the College remains the only such institution in the United
States to include ―Community Service‖ in its title.
Does the institution use the assessment data?
Yes No Describe how the data is used
Assessment information is shared at strategic advances in presentations, with stakeholders and governing groups, accrediting
agencies, faculty and students. The Strategic Plan is embedded with institutional indicators to measure and assess progress
towards goals. Assessment data is a valued source of such information. Assessment information (direct and indirect) is vital to our
successful implementation of the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) for campus accreditation.
For example, indirect assessments using nationally-normed surveys such as NSSE, CIRP, YFCY, UCLA Faculty Survey, FSSE, in
addition to local campus student surveys such as Graduation Outcomes, Alumni and Employer Surveys, and so on, add value to
decision-making by providing comparisons to norms trends in attitudes and perceptions over time. Themes across surveys continue
to emerge that are useful for discussion. Themes from assessments may be incorporated into strategic planning sessions. Survey
results are public and openly discussed at strategic advances and workshops. Orientation, Advising, First-Year-Experience courses,
Academic Transitions initiatives utilize feedback received from community and student surveys and focus groups. Even physical
plant and campus beautification is impacted by feedback from surveys. The recent community perception survey provided valuable
information about educational cost, financial aid, ticket prices for events, and parking convenience/costs. Campus organizations
request survey results presentations every year as one source of environmental scanning information useful in developing their
Another example of using assessment data is in the Program for Women and Successful Aging. The program serves 200 active
members and reaches out to hundreds of other elderly people in the community as extension of the UNO Gerontology program. The
mission is to create a climate that encourages an appreciation of the elderly, their wisdom, their cultural diversity, and the multiple
aspects of their aging process. Ongoing assessment of this population feeds scholarly research, influences public policy, and
generates a positive public view of aging.
4. Is community engagement emphasized in the marketing materials
(website, brochures, etc.) of the institution?
Describe the materials
Brochures echo the values and goals of the campus and depict a welcoming campus for ethnically diverse students and faculty with
many opportunities to become valued as a member of a thriving and diverse Omaha community. Faculty recruitment materials
highlight teaching, research, and engagement expectations and opportunities and an ethnically diverse environment. UNO has a
small promotional budget and printed materials are few, but they are well-done, and information at our website is heavily visited.
Welcome. UNO is located in the heart of Nebraska's largest city, and we're proud to serve as the state's metropolitan university. We
offer nearly 200 programs of study in a learning environment that features the best of both worlds—a small-school atmosphere within
a thriving city where internship, employment and entertainment opportunities are plentiful.
UNO webpage welcome to American Democracy Project (ADP)
The American Democracy Project (ADP) at UNO seeks to engage our university community - administrators, faculty and students to
understand and participate in activities designed to increase their civic engagement. The goal of the project is to contribute to the
development of an informed and contributing citizenry for the United States in the 21st century. The University of Nebraska at Omaha
is a metropolitan university with a mission to disseminate knowledge through research and teaching, and offering public service to
the citizens of the state, particularly the residents of the Omaha metropolitan area. The American Democracy Project‘s goals match
those of our institution well. Urban-based universities like ours bear particular responsibility to be not only in the community, but of
The goals of the American Democracy Project are:
To coordinate UNOmaha's civic engagement efforts.
To encourage, assist and recruit faculty members interested in developing courses that promote civic engagement.
To provide professional development opportunities in civic engagement.
To make information about the American Democracy Project initiative available to students and the community.
To foster working relationships among the stakeholders in civic engagement efforts: faculty, students, and the local,
national and international communities.
The American Democracy Project advances the UNO strategic plan:
Goal 1: "UNO places students at the center of the educational enterprise."
Goal 2: "UNO strives to achieve academic excellence consistent with its mission."
Goal 3: "UNO will actively engage in the community."
The Service Learning Academy - has marketing materials developed by the Sacco Marketing Organization: Our theme is: ―The
Service Learning Academy: When you do it; you get it.‖ Fact cards , a banner and trifold display are used on the road at
conferences or at campus events.
Student Recruitment- theme is ―Connect, Collaborate, Create‖. Specific engagement examples are described. Document is
available in Spanish. UNO Department website for Latino/Latin American Studies is in English and Spanish.
International Recruitment – materials emphasize opportunities to become part of the Omaha community through internships, outings,
service, faculty, student organizations and so on.
O! What A University- campus brochure – facts, highlights, programs, facilities, engagement opportunities, metropolitan
advantages. O! is the City of Omaha logo used by permission. It reinforces our connection to the metro community.
B. Institutional Commitment
Required Documentation (Complete all 7 of the following)
1. Does the executive leadership (President, Provost, Chancellor, Trustees, etc.) of the institution
communicate explicitly to promote community engagement as a priority?
Yes No Describe, quote
President J.B. Milliken for the University of Nebraska system:
―Few things are more important for students at the University of Nebraska, and students throughout the world, than global
literacy – a balanced and thoughtful understanding of cultures and politics around the world,‖ Milliken said. ―Through language
study and foreign exchanges, and also by welcoming students and scholars from other countries to our campuses, our students
and faculty are taking critical steps toward competing and thriving in a rapidly changing world.‖ 1/05/2006
The University of Nebraska‘s ―NU Katrina Student Assistance Fund‖ has been established to make scholarships for the fall
semester available to help students in a variety of circumstances… We want to do all we can to help them continue with their
education,‖ Milliken said. 8/2005
Milliken underscored the importance of the university‘s outreach efforts, announcing a new Outstanding Engagement and
Outreach Award to recognize faculty members who develop innovative approaches to sharing university resources with
University of Nebraska at Omaha Interim Chancellor and Former Vice Chancellor of Academic and
Student Affairs, John Christensen:
―Partnership with its community is a fundamental component of a metropolitan university. The University of Nebraska at Omaha
takes that commitment seriously: ‗engagement with the community‘ is one of UNO‘s three overarching strategic goals, and we
continually strive to achieve it. Service learning, as practiced at UNO, is integrally related to all three of our strategic goals.
Service learning systematically and synergistically connects teaching and learning with engagement with the community.‖
―In collaboration with the campus community and metropolitan stakeholders, we have charted a course for excellence at UNO.‖
2. Does the institution have a coordinating infrastructure (center, office, etc.) to support and
advance community engagement?
Yes No Describe with purposes, staffing
Service Learning Academy-a campus-wide resource led by a full-time director and 6 part-time staff, including an
assessment expert. The Academy coordinated 105 service-learning courses 05-06 engaging 1,860 students with an economic
impact of $872,400. Professional development workshops for faculty and staff during the year assisted 62 faculty (13% of UNO
instructional faculty) to successfully teach S-L courses. The Academy coordinates campus-wide community service projects
during 05-06 such as:
Fall Break and Spring Break service where 663 students did ―Seven Days of Service‖.
The Love‘s Jazz and Arts Center, a new arts venue in Omaha‘s historical African American community benefited from
80 UNO and Buffett Middle School students working together to design public relations brochures.
Small Business Development in the Latino Community: 26 Information Science students developed WebPages to
market businesses, train on accounting systems, and incorporate information technology into businesses.
Conflict Coaching at Boys and Girls Clubs: 37 UNO students worked with youth in after school programs to role play
conflict situations and positive, creative resolution strategies.
American Humanics - at UNO (one of 75 campus affiliates to national organization), offers certificates in youth and human
services nonprofit management. A 300-hour internship at a nonprofit organization is considered the ―capstone‖ experience for
Academic and Student Affairs/ Co-curricular programs support for and promotion of community service
05-06 with participation counts and estimated benefit to communities:
Honors Program 179 students, 1,660 hours, $30,000 benefit
Student Organizations 1,755 students, 4,839 hours, $109,000 benefit
Multicultural Affairs and Project Achieve 77 students, 565 hours, $10,170 benefit
Air Force ROTC 64 students, 1,030 hours, $18,570 benefit
Katrina Relief 13 students, 2 counseling dept. faculty, $34,640 benefit,
Katrina Relief UNO faculty, staff & students raised $11,000 benefit
Katrina Relief Tuition scholarships for displaced students $20,000
Intercollegiate Athletics 315 students, 3500 hours, $63,000 benefit
Unpaid practicums/internships in community est. 1,200 students
Federally-funded community service 64 students
Each UNO college leads community engagement through special programs and centers
Organizations within colleges that advance community engagement (list is not complete):
Metropolitan Omaha Educational Consortium (MOEC) – College of Education
Speech-Language Hearing Clinic – COE
Biomechanics Laboratory – COE
The Fitness Center - COE
Center for Public Affairs Research – College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Center for Organizational Research & Evaluation – CPACS
Ghandi Award (Social Work ) - CPACS
Neighborhood-based development programs operated by faculty and staff – CPACS
Nebraska Space Grant Consortium - CPACS
UNO Aviation Institute – CPACS
Community Policing Initiative - CPCS
International Criminal Justice Initiative - CPACS
Juvenile Justice Institute – CPACS
Police Professionalism Initiative – CPACS
Sentence Outcomes Initiative – CPACS
Nebraska Geospatial Program – CPACS
Program for Women and Successful Aging (Gerontology)- CPACS
Goodrich Scholarship Program (students)- CPACS
Center for Economic Education- College of Business
Nebraska Business Development Center - COB
Maverick Entrepreneurship Institute – COB
Institute for Collaboration Science – College of Information Sciences and Technology
International Academy for Advanced Decision Support – College of IS & T
Center for Management of Technology- College of IS & T
Idea Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence – College of Arts & Sciences
Bioinformatics Interest Group – A&S
Latino/Latin American Studies – A&S
Black Studies- A&S
Native American Studies – A&S
Center for Aghan Studies – A&S
Bethsaida Excavation Project – A&S
Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights – A&S
Speech Center - College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media
Difficult Dialogues Project – CFAM
KVNO Radio Station (Public Radio) and UNO Television – CFAM
Nebraska Shakespeare Festival and University Theatre – CFAM
Nebraska Center for Book Arts-CFAM
Center for Innovation in Arts Education-CFAM
University Music Ensembles and International Exchanges - CFAM
Center for ePortfolio Based Assessment – Academic Affairs and Student Affairs
Campus Coordination: American Democracy Project (AASCU Project)
UNO ADP website:
Description of the project at UNO:
3. Are there internal budgetary allocations dedicated to supporting institutional engagement with
Yes No Describe (% or $ amount)
Internal budgetary allocations to the Service Learning Academy, competitive grants for faculty, funded development workshops
for faculty and staff, and travel. Dedicated full-time position and staff for the Metropolitan Omaha Educational Consortium for
alignment of P-16 education initiatives and other community priorities. Office of Career Exploration and Outreach that
coordinates internships, career fairs, resume services and employer contacts. All of the Centers, lectures, ensembles and
programs under the colleges (item 2. above) have line-item university funding to sustain their activities in addition to sponsored
and private funding sources. ADP receives special support.
Is there external funding dedicated to supporting institutional engagement with community?
Describe specific funding
Of the total submissions and awards through the campus Office of Sponsored Programs , 122 submissions (totaling over $23.6
million) and 96 awards (totaling over $8 million) have some degree of direct or indirect impact on the metropolitan area or the
Some external sources 05-06 and amounts:
Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education (federal) $35,000
Council of Great City Schools – Corporation for National Service (federal) $137,000
National Park Service (federal) - $26,000
American Humanics – federal work study funded internships
Kellogg Foundation and American Humanics, Inc. – about $5,000
Youth Service America - $2,000
Nebraska Business Development Center (administered at UNO)
NE Department of Health and Human Services- $5,000
NE Arts Council- $42,500
NE Humanities Council - $1,500
First Data Western Union Foundation - $2500
Omaha Public Schools - $114,000
Ford Foundation - $100,000
Public Broadcasting, private sources and trusts -$283,000
Theatre Donors and Opera Omaha- $9,800
NE Counties/Nurses Association - $30,500
National Council of Lewis & Clark Bicentennial - $60,000
NE Commission on Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice - $265,000
Alegent Health Trust - $198,000
State of NE - $200,000
City of Omaha/Omaha Community Foundation - $135,500
Mammel Foundation - $30,000
Iowa West Foundation - $68,000
Is there fundraising directed to community engagement?
Describe fundraising activities
NU Foundation solicits for campus community engagement support. Service-Learning has benefited from fundraising as
Local Anonymous Philanthropist Annual Gift Each Year - $50,000
Cox Communications gift
First National Bank – Supports campus service learning projects with public schools
$1 million endowment with NU Foundation
4. Are there systematic campus-wide assessment or recording mechanisms to evaluate and/or
track institutional engagement in community?
Yes No Describe
See website summaries of past service-learning projects to view the assessment and tracking of such
MyMAPP (electronic portfolio) communicates to multiple constituencies through aggregate data – how the university is
achieving its overarching goals of placing students first, striving for academic excellence, and engaging with the community and
region. Where it was nearly impossible in the past to collect and maintain and accurate accounting of academic, community
service, and assessment information embedded in these activities, the MyMapp portfolio is updated continually by faculty and
staff and roll-up reporting is nearly completed to allow summary reporting. Student electronic folders have built-in artifact
collection and reflection pieces with assessment tools and feedback maintained and controlled by the student. MyMAPP literally
shows – as well as tells – what our students know and are able to do. It also documents the contributions of faculty and staff.
MyMapp allows different facets of the UNO community to collectively reflect upon achievements and think strategically about
planned change. UNO has taken a leading role national and internationally in the realm of electronic portfolios with the
establishment of the Center for E-Portfolio Based Assessment.
A faculty portfolio is a comprehensive presentation of faculty performance in relation to UNO‘s strategic plan. The portfolio
demonstrates this relationship and its development through self-reflection. MyMAPP faculty collects faculty workload and out-of-
classroom activities, research, engagement activities and contacts, and so on, in a database that allows department, college and
campus reporting by category. The project has been piloted for 2 years and will achieve nearly 100% 06-07.
MyMAPP in College of Education
An innovative model of MyMAPP/student has been in use in the UNO College of Education since 2000. The ePortfolio in the
COE is standards based (INTASC) and allows teacher candidates access to coursework and artifacts. Student teachers can
review and reflect on work from previous courses, practica, student teaching, and engagement activities, in a summative
portfolio that can be presented to perspective employers. The COE generated their first college-level report of faculty activity 05-
06. Since it is a searchable dataset and since civic engagement as well as other service to community activities, research, and
publications are included, we can at anytime report on civic engagement.
Campus Student MyMAPP and extensions into community engagement
Student MyMAPP portfolios are being extended into the community in joint projects on assessment and curriculum alignment
with Metropolitan Community College. Middle school students working with UNO College of Education faculty are building
MyMAPP student artifacts related to civic engagement for inclusion in their portfolios in a joint project through MOEC
(Metropolitan Omaha Education Consortium). In the future, the MyMAPP portfolio will follow. these community college and
MOEC public school students to UNO.
Finally, dual-enrolled high schools students in MOEC receiving UNO college credit in their Advanced Placement courses will
gain access to MyMAPP where they can record their experiences including civic engagement required in some of their
Assessment through other systematic/coordinated venues
Additionally, assessment capability is available through Blackboard which is an Information Services supported technology tool
that supports faculty and students across the campus.
Are course-level data used for improving courses?
Course-level data gathered in direct assessments, that may be incorporated into MyMAPP, or collected using other mechanisms
(Blackboard, DVD collections of artifacts) is being used to improve courses campus-wide, but in particular, service-learning
courses. Service-learning courses require assessment of both faculty and students. A position in the Service-Learning
Academy is dedicated to this task. Community partners feed information back to the campus in forums and assessment
Community Engagement Courses Data Gathered for Improvement
Dual-enrollment high school AP /UNO courses require assessment and reflections for improvement of teachers, students,
parents, and high school administrators.
Curriculum alignment internally and with feeder institutions such as Metropolitan Community College is based upon course-level
assessment. The COE has the entire teacher education curriculum (including practica, student learning, and other types of
engagement), with course-level assessment data, built into their MyMAPP portfolio system. COE uses the information for
course/curriculum/teacher supervision improvement. Their improvement efforts are demonstrated through responding to
NCATE and other accreditation standards. Several other campus departments are funded for direct assessment outcomes
collection, research, and improvement. The MCC project facilitates improved and coordinated math and speech curriculum so
that material is not repeated for transfer students and quality is maintained. Again, Service-learning courses are at the leading
edge in using assessment at the course-level to improve.
There are many other examples too numerous to explain here.
Does the institution use the data from any of the tracking mechanisms?
The data gathered from assessment in courses related to engagement is used extensively to plan and strategize for future
development. Faculty task forces along with Academic and Student Affairs administrators and the Service Learning Academy
regularly meet to review data and formulate future directions. MyMAPP provides the most efficient means to gather,
systematize, and report on assessment related to engagement. Please refer to the website
Regarding use of College of Education Professional Portfolios that include learning and engagement artifacts/data, see:
Regarding American Democracy Project (ADP) data tracking and reporting ----
AASCU Vice President of Academic Leadership & Change, George Mehaffy comments on UNO's report::
―An impressive report. The faculty questions are excellent, and the possibility of making this a P-16 initiative is really exciting. I
knew about your collaboration with the Omaha schools, but this might take it in an entirely new direction.
The question of assessment is particularly important. We have a group beginning to work on that, but we‘re also working with
NSSE to see if we can‘t figure out a way to do some ADP-related assessment.
Thanks so much for your report. Lots to think about in it, and lost of promise for exciting outcomes at UNO.‖
5. Is community engagement defined and planned for in the strategic plans of the institution?
Yes No Describe and quote
Goal 3 UNO Strategic Plan defines and lists objectives for community engagement. The Institutional Portfolio, under
construction to more closely function with the Plan at the website, includes indicators to track progress towards such goals.
(See objectives listed under A. 1. Institutional Identify and Culture)
6. Does the institution provide professional development support for faculty and/or staff who
engage with community?
Yes No Describe
Through the Service Learning Academy:
As a central point of contact between campus and community based organizations, the S-L Academy role is
To encourage, assist and recruit faculty members interested in developing service-learning courses.
To provide professional development opportunities in service-learning.
To maintain a library of the most current service-learning resources for faculty and community personnel.
To make information about service-learning available to students.
To cultivate continuing professional working relationships among the stakeholders in service-learning: faculty, students, and
Service_Learning Faculty listserv
Guest speakers and workshops
Service Learning Fair – 50 community partners with booths inform UNO about partnership opportunities (annual event)
North and South Omaha Seminars: (ethnic neighborhoods in Omaha) Provides opportunities for faculty in meeting community leaders,
exploring community issues/needs and developing service-learning courses. This faculty development approach was featured in an
article in Diversity Digest, a publication of the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU) vol. 9 No. 1 2005
Beginning Spring 2007, a course titled ―Service Learning 101 Partners‖ will be held.
Academic Affairs Professional Development Support for Engagement:
Professional Development Workshops, Seminars, Guest Speakers, Travel Support
Civic Participation Travel Grants
Civic Participation Mini Grants
Teaching Circles – an interdisciplinary faculty exchange forum – small groups form and some focus on community engagement.
Research Triangles – an interdisciplinary faculty exchange forum – some small groups discuss research related to community
Individual Faculty Consultations
Professional Portfolio Guide for Faculty
Information Technology Services Support for Engagement
pre-scheduled faculty & staff training myUNO/myBlackboard (these tools may be used for service learning courses and
some community engagement activities)
ITS provides a series of regularly scheduled training sessions on myUNO (myBlackboard), a course management
system using Blackboard software. All UNO courses are provided a space within myUNO (myBlackboard) for the
faculty to utilize to teach their courses. This web-based program allows for the quick and easy dissemination of
information to students, provides an on-line testing feature, an online Gradebook, and provides several communication
Drop-In Ask?:Several times a year our trainers schedule 'Drop-In' sessions for any faculty or staff to stop by our offices
in EAB 104 and 'Ask' a question.
myMAPP/faculty training: myMAPP (Mapping Academic Performance through ePortfolios) is an electronic portfolio
system. ITS provides training for faculty to complete their Annual Review via myMAPP. This scheduled campus-wide
training is provided each year from November through February.
customized departmental training; ITS is happy to set up departmental technology training on a variety of computer
programs. We offer training for myUNO (myBlackboard), myMail, myFolder, myMAPP, Microsoft Office, and Web
7. Does community have a ―voice‖ or role in institutional or departmental planning for community
Yes No Describe
Optional Documentation (Select 2 of the following to complete)
The community voice is heard in community engagement planning sessions throughout the year and at strategic advances.
Often, one or more community partners attend monthly strategic planning steering committee meetings. There are various
community partner advisory groups associated with Centers (some previously listed), Chancellor‘s Advisory Groups, and other
advisory meetings. For example, the American Humanics Advisory Council advises on engagement. The Faculty and student in
Black Studies, office of Latino and Latin American Studies, and Native American Studies have significant positive influences in
the minority communities of our metropolitan area and the state. The Malcolm X Festival, the Cumbre II , and the Cooperative
program with the Douglas County Health Department developed by NAMS are examples of active community voice. There are
community partners engaging with faculty and students for most if not all of the previously listed (Item B. 3.) initiatives.
1. Does the institution have search/recruitment policies that encourage the hiring of faculty with
expertise in and commitment to community engagement?
Yes No Describe
Search/recruitment materials developed for hiring committees speak to community engagement. The College of Public Affairs
and Community Service places an engagement requirement on most position searches, but the emphasis varies across colleges
2. Do the institutional policies for promotion and tenure reward the scholarship of community
Yes No Describe
Varies across the colleges.
If yes, how does the institution categorize community engagement
scholarship? (Service, Scholarship of Application, other)
Service. Which is the category defined by collective bargaining guidelines.
If no, is there work in progress to revise the promotion and tenure
guidelines to reward the scholarship of community engagement.
3. Do students have a ―voice‖ or leadership role in community engagement?
Yes No Examples
Students participate on the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, are well-represented at Strategic Advances, plan and carry
out community engagement projects under the Service Learning Academy, and have considerable input and involvement in
projects/advisory groups in the colleges. Students plan American Democracy Projects for the campus, and there are many other
examples. Students involved in co-curricular activities perform considerable student-driven community services.
4. Is community engagement noted on student transcripts?
Yes No Describe
Service Learning courses, internships, practica are identified on transcripts. We are working on getting community engagement
and undergraduate research on transcripts.
II. Categories of Community Engagement
A. Curricular Engagement
(Curricular Engagement describes the teaching, learning and scholarship which engages faculty, students, and community
in mutually beneficial and respectful collaboration. Their interactions address community identified needs, deepen students‘
civic and academic learning, enhance community well-being, and enrich the scholarship of the institution).
1. a. Does the institution have a definition and a process for identifying service learning
(community-based learning) courses?
Yes No Describe requirements
At UNO, service learning is an effective teaching strategy that increases faculty/student contact while contributing to student
development. As pedagogy, it is a departure from the traditional lecture-driven, faculty-focused curriculum. It requires student
participation in developing learning goals and confronting real life in a way that challenges their assumptions and forces critical
thinking. It requires faculty to share control over learning outcomes while affording them a closer relationship to students.
Service-learning pedagogy is commonly described as a continuous learning cycle, fostering meaning and comprehension
b. How many formal for credit courses (Service Learning, Community Based Learning, etc.) were
offered in the most recent academic year? 105
What percentage of total courses? 5%
c. How many departments are represented by those courses? 20
What percentage of total departments? 51.3%
d. How many faculty taught Service Learning or Community Based Learning courses in the most
recent academic year? 62
What percentage of total faculty? 13.2% of full-time, 7.5% of all full and part-time faculty.
e. How many students participated in Service Learning or Community Based Learning courses
in the most recent academic year? 1,860
What percent of total number of students? 13.2%
2. a. Are there institutional or departmental (disciplinary) learning outcomes for students‘ curricular
Yes No Examples
In some majors, there are defined engagement learning outcomes. For example, Social Work majors take 4 courses with
embedded engagement requirements that have defined outcomes. An advisory group of social work professionals provide input
for outcomes. There are two focus groups that define engagement outcomes pertaining to service learning courses. Other
disciplines are at work defining engagement outcomes.
b. Are those outcomes systematically assessed?
Course evaluations provide the opportunity to assess outcomes. Artifacts and/or reflections collected in portfolios-MyMAPP are
systematic assessment of defined outcomes in the COE and a few other disciplines. Campus graduation outcome survey
assesses general service learning outcomes.
3. a. Is community engagement integrated into the following curricular activities?
_YES___ Student Research
_YES____Student Leadership Describe with examples
_YES ___ Studies Abroad
Student Research is integrated into majors requirements, honors program outcomes, and is growing generally on this campus.
14% of graduating seniors report having participated in undergraduate research with a faculty member. Examples of recent
student projects/research related to Community Engagement
―Preliminary Investigations of the Bedouin Finds at Bethsaida‖
―Comparison of Graded and Non-Graded Elementary Schools‖
―Emotional Salience and Aging‖
―The Oreo Syndrome: The Social Effects of College Education for Black Female Collegians‖
―A Liberal Education in White Male Meanings‖
―Do You Speak the Language of Business?‖
―What To Do With a Bum Knee: A Case Study of an Anterior Crudiate Ligament Deficient Knee‖
―Work and Family Conflict Research‖
The Stephenson Internship Program provides internships and a course in Professional and Leadership Development Skills for
selected juniors and seniors.
UNO MODEL UN creates leadership opportunities for members in the International Studies honorary society.
Emerging Leaders is a selective 6-week program for students that has a community engagement requirement. It is a special
training sequence that is designed to aid in personal development, social awareness, building foundations for the future and
fostering interpersonal growth. Through facilitated programs and interaction, participants learn how to effectively exercise
leadership at UNO and within the community. Each participant is assigned a community mentor and perform 100 hours of
community service prior to graduation.
American Democracy Project (ADP) encourages students to propose events and lead the planning. Mini-grants are available.
Over 1,200 students at UNO participate in internships every year coordinated by the Office of Career Exploration and Outreach.
36% of graduating seniors report having participated in an internship. Career Exploration and Outreach (CEO) establishes and
develops partnerships with employers, the community, and alumni to assist students in exploring their career possibilities. These
partnerships provide students, alumni, and faculty with enhanced career development and educational experiences. The
Career Exploration and Outreach Annual Sponsorship Program provides employers with an opportunity to partner with UNO to
provide students and alumni with a broad range of career development services. Some current Annual Sponsors are
First National Bank of Omaha
United Parcel Service
Metropolitan area Public Schools
Study Abroad provides numerous opportunities for students. With over 20 sister sister/university agreements with UNO,
students find a large network of welcoming institutions. Community engagement is expected of students. The behaviors
expected of UNO students are defined at the website:
To participate in social and cultural activities
To learn from participation
To contribute your own viewpoint to the culture to enrich cross-cultural understanding;
To be visible in the community
To gain the respect of the target culture.
An example of a UNO study abroad program that requires engagement is the International Business course in Ireland [where
students tour companies and meet with professionals, do projects and journal]. The course has defined engagement outcomes.
Almost 300 students, faculty and staff have traveled to Ireland to study Irish and American businesses while taking a course in
International Business or International Economics. Firms such as Allied Irish Bank, Intel, PayPal, Waterford Crystal,
TourismIreland, Guinness, Citibank, and Jameson‘s Distillery are partners.
b. Has community engagement been integrated with curriculum on an
Yes No If yes, indicate where the integration exists.
Core Courses Graduate Studies
First Year Sequence Capstone
In the Majors Describe with examples
First Year Sequence (Experience)
The First Year Experience is led by a one of four campus Strategic Tasks Forces. The Task Force for Academic Transitions
spearheads the first-year courses and other initiatives to set the stage for improved student engagement and entry into college
life. UNO's First Year Experience (FYE) courses are designed to enhance first year academic success, help students meet
other students, give students a chance to work closely with faculty, and encourage active learning.
FYE courses integrate college success strategies with general education course content, academic and career exploration, and
orientation to college life. FYE is for-credit and embedded in existing core courses across the colleges. A sampling of courses
incorporating First Year Experience are: Chemistry, World Civilization, Public Speaking Fundamentals, Intro to Criminal Justice,
Intro to Human Geography, Intro to Psychology, Cross-Cultural Survey of Arts, English Composition, and Intro to Political
Science. The courses teach civic and community engagement content. Active learning is encouraged through required
participation in ADP (American Democracy Project) or other campus/community engagement activities and events. Students
are required as part of their grade, to participate in campus activities.
American Democracy Project draws students into engagement from general education core courses in such disciplines as
political science, history, sociology, ethnic studies, and international studies. The First Year Experience embedded in general
education core courses strengthens the emphasis on campus and community engagement and student success tied to
In the Majors
Four courses in the Social Work major require community engagement and a minimum number of hours of service.
International Studies majors complete engagement assignments in coursework and maintain portfolios of artifacts and
experiences. This major particularly gives student opportunities to become involve locally and internationally. From the UNO
campus to Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Shizuoka, Japan and Bamiyan, Afghanistan, International Studies and Program‘s wide
variety of activities draws together the people of Nebraska with communities worldwide.
Undergraduate majors in Gerontology – Students are required to carry out a practicum experience of 15 hours per week in an
Undergraduate Computer Science and MIS majors: Annually, about 100 students provide systems design/implementation
services to 25 agencies and businesses through the capstone course in information systems.
Undergraduate majors in Geology- A field camp is required as a major capstone course. Some field camps emphasize
traditional geology, while others emphasize geohydrology and environmental exercises. Some are more on the forefront of
utilizing technology in the field. Field camp broadens a students professional experience through interactions with others,
students and professionals.
Undergraduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership offered through the American Humanics program-
Undergraduate students meet certification requirements through capstone coursework, a 300-hour internship, and co-curricular
activities including active involvement in the AH Student Association and attendance at the annually held national AH
Management Institute. The term ―humanics" emphasizes the integration of "spirit, mind and body in service to others.‖
Master in Public Adminstration and Master in Aviation -The capstone project bridges the gap between coursework and
professional practice. Projects are applied research on a topic that often has a community impact or benefit.
Master in Public Health –students have the option to research and present a community-based application in the capstone
Master in Business Administration- MBA students select a company in their first year of studies and then utilize that firm in
assignments in other MBA courses. At the end of their studies, the students have developed a portfolio of information about the
firm, its industry and competitors. In BSAD 8800 Policy, Planning and Strategy students write a business case on their firm.
Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication- Students majoring inTechnical Communication: Students extend foundational
skills learned in previous technical communication courses to demonstrate their competency of the technical documentation
process in organizational environments.
Educational Administration and Supervision -A capstone course provides practice in elementary, secondary, and general
administration and supervision according to the interests and needs of the candidates. Candidates work with a practicing
administrator and a university supervisor.
4. Are there examples of faculty scholarship associated with their
curricular engagement achievements (Action Research Studies, Conference Presentations,
Pedagogy Workshops, Journal Publications, etc.)
Yes No Examples
Presentations by UNO faculty and/or students regarding service-learning/engagement projects or
Midwest Consortium for Service Learning in Higher Education Annual Colloquium
American Zoo and Aquarium Docents Annual Meeting
National Society for Experiential Education Annual Conference
Civic Education Practitioners Annual Conference
Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Annual Conference
Associated Schools of Construction Annual Meeting
International Consortium for Experential Learning
American Society for Engineering Education
Magnet Schools of America 24th National Conference (MSA), Omaha, NE, April 23-27, 2006
A Few Examples
Keller, Elizabeth and Pauline Brennan. ―Cultural Considerations and Challenges to Service Delivery for Sudanese Victims of
Domestic Violence,‖ International Review of Victimology
Sather, Paul and Nora Bacon. "There is No Substitute for Experience," Diversity Digest, 9:1 (2005), 9,17.
Neathery-Castro, Jody. "Urban Partnerships for International Affairs Service Learning," Academic Exchange Quarterly, 7:3 (Fall
Benjamin-Alvarado, Jonathan. "Understanding Immigration and Latino Politics through Service-Learning," Colloquium of the
Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education, Omaha, NE, September 2004.
Holland, Jonna. "Overcoming Obstacles to Service-Learning Implementation in Business Education: The Views of Future
Employers," Journal for the Art of Teaching.
Faculty articles coming out in future volumes
The Journal of Teaching in Social Work
B. Outreach and Partnerships
(Outreach and Partnerships describe two different but related approaches to community engagement. The first focuses on
the application and provision of institutional resources for community use with benefits to both campus and community. The
latter focuses on collaborative interactions with community and related scholarship for the mutually beneficial exchange,
exploration, and application of knowledge, information, and resources (research, capacity building, economic development,
1. Indicate which programs are developed for community:
_YES_learning centers (examples)
_YES_professional development centers
MOEC consortium provides for community programs such as:
Western Hills Elem. School program incorporating technology into instruction and field exp.
Implementation of student portfolios at Marrs and Buffett Middle Schools
Creation of behavior management instructional videos for in-service professional development and pre-service
preparation of teachers
Maverick Space Shuttle activities
Liberty Elementary School family computer/math/science literacy project
TekBots project with College of Information Science Technology & Engineering
Economic Education programs at Conestoga Magnet Center and other schools in Omaha
Co-sponsor and support for the national Magnet Middle School Conference held in Omaha, 2006
Participation in the Afghan Administrators and Afghan Teachers Program
Information Technology Service supports three community-based labs in North Omaha, South Omaha, and Offutt Air Force Base.
Communication, music and theatre departments invite high school students to workshops and performances where they are able to
interact with UNO faculty and students in areas that interest them.
University Library provides space, computing facilities, workshops, and reference assistance to K-12 public school students and
teachers during the school year.
America Reads at UNO – 33 UNO students participated 05-06.
UNO Honors Program, in conjunction with the University Library, supported reading programs at Liberty Elementary School
Website and promotional publications tutoring-
Over 70 students from UNO and Buffett Middle Magnet School collaborated on a shared project to create public relations strategies
and tools for Love‘s Jazz and Arts Center located in the historical African American Omaha business district. Together, students
designed a new webpage, a marketing brochure and promotional video for this new important arts organization.
Partnering with INROADS to help UNO students find rewarding internships through this national, not-for-profit program.
Collaboration with INROADS to prepare training workshops for UNO students who have been accepted as interns in the program.
Summer Scholars Program, now in its 18 year, brings high-achieving multicultural students to UNO‘s campus to attend classes
during one of the six-week summer sessions. Private funding is being sought to grow the program.
Finance camps hosted by the College of Business are sponsored by Merrill Lynch and focuses on Latinos and females. The camp
presents an integrated program utilizing UNO faculty and several members of the finance community.
College of Information Sciences and Technology sponsored summer programs include: Adventures in Cyber Space (beginning and
advanced HTML techniques for 11 to 15 year olds); PhotoShop (a workshop for youth ages 11 to 17); Flash MX Animation (for youth
ages 11-17) on how animation works, including the integration of pictures, art and audio. In addition the college co-sponsors Upward
Bound workshops with AIM (Applied Information Management Institute) and the Peter Kiewit Institute Academy of Excellence.
Numerous UNO summer camps are offered to Omaha youth in sports, science, and recreation. One of the most notable youth
camps that enjoys a national reputation is Aim for the Stars. A 1 to 8 ratio of teachers/facilitators to youth grades 4 through 8 makes
this camp a value-added and mentored experience. Field trips happen at least once a week. Camp course titles with a specialist
are: astronomy, astro-biology, biology, advance biology, chemistry, conservation biology, dynamic earth, earth science, forensics
science, geology, natural math, robotics, simple machines, totally cool math and science, weather, zoology, advanced zoology,
Omaha Public Power Energy, Mars Red Rover, amusement park robotics.
NE Geospacial Extension Project - To respond and contribute to Nebraska's needs through the expansion of research and public
service activities in the emerging area of geospatial science."
ILUNO (Intensive Language/University of Nebraska at Omaha) is the oldest post-secondary English as a Second Language Program
in the state of Nebraska. The program started in 1977 and has served thousands of students from many countries in the world. The
program also serves recent refugees in the Omaha area, such as the large Sudanese population re-located here.
Aviation Institute flight simulation program has two state-of-the-art simulators for student non-credit support. The simulators reduce
student flight training costs. The program supports Air Force ROTC.
College of Information Sciences & Technology partners with College of Business Administration and International Studies to host
international student groups. In 05-06, 40 MBA students from Vinod Gupta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology,
Kharagpur, India received a week of non-credit instruction and training. The program included visits to Gallup, Union Pacific, Mutual
of Omaha, InfoUSA, and Berkshire Hathaway.
Since 1989, the International Professional Development (IPD) program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha has provided
intensive training for international clients in communication skills, cultural issues, and business topics to help individuals and
organizations become more successful in global, English-speaking markets. The IPD program offers professional development to
improve English language skills, refine decision-making abilities, investigate varied corporate philosophies, increase knowledge of
American business practices and trends, and establish a global peer network. IPD can also provide customized courses, seminars,
and workshops that are tailored to meet a client's particular needs.
University of Nebraska at Omaha provides national and international leadership in promoting collaborative programming and
scholarship related to Afghanistan. The Center for Afghanistan Studies at UNO exists to manage educational exchanges between
Afghans and Americans, to collaborate with US academic, governmental, and private institutions to provide educational and
developmental assistance to Afghanistan, and to inform Americans, particularly Nebraskans, about Afghanistan. UNO's
International Studies and Programs was recently awarded two grants by the US Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. These
grants provide funding for two important projects for the Center for Afghanistan studies: the Afghanistan School Administrators
Project (ASAP), a three-year program which will bring women school administrators from all over Afghanistan to train in the US, and
the Afghanistan Young Leaders Program (AYLP), an eight-week business training program for future leaders of Afghanistan. These
grants enable CAS to continue its mission of helping Afghanistan to rebuild its educational infrastructure and to provide vital training
for Afghan professionals and students.
Center for Public Affairs Research staff are working with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce to develop an employment
survey that focuses on underemployment and creating a profile of the current workforce.
College of Public Affairs and Community Service formally signed an agreement with the Omaha Public Power District spring 2006, to
launch the OPPD/UNO Energy Savings Potential Program (ESP), which will explore how the science and technology of residential
and commercial energy conservation may be developed and applied to achieve a substantial reduction in energy demand by
individuals and small businesses. The intent of the program is to develop research and application models that can better assist
those least able to meet their energy needs through this initiative.
The Center for Organizational Research and Evaluation (CORE), is a multi-disciplinary initiative uniting the institution‘s extensive
resources in organizational and program performance analysis, planning, and applied research. CORE links expert faculty,
professional staff, and graduate students from CPACS with governmental and nonprofit organizations seeking program performance
and policy evaluations, technical assistance, strategic planning support, and focused research studies.
Cross-Cultural Collaboration honors symposium featured a service learning component as students advised and worked with small
businesses in South Omaha in the technology field.
College of Education expansion of scholarship and internship opportunities for students within the college through the Building a
Legacy of Excellence campaign.
Over 200 municipal clerks attended the 31 annual Nebraska Clerk Institute and Master Municipal Clerk Academy.
The Information Technology Systems 3 community-based labs provide community training.
Professional Development Centers
College of Information Sciences and Technology host One Innovation Place, a student-led enterprise involving students from
communications, fine arts, and business administration as well as computer science and information systems. The ―company‖ is
designed to provide real-world consulting experiences in areas such as data visualization for students. Key partner, Gallup
Organization, sponsored two classes this year and provided 10 paid internships.
Over 60 people attended Neighborhood Builders in 2006. Since its launch in 1997, over 500 people have participated in this annual
leadership development program‘s training workshops, which occur for four consecutive Saturdays each February. Partners in this
effort include the City of Omaha, Omaha Community Foundation, Creighton University, North and South Omaha Weed and Seed,
and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.
The Neighborhood Center for A Greater Omaha provides a leadership program ―Beyond Builders‖ to address sustainability in
neighborhood leadership. Teams of neighborhood leaders participate in a six month training program designed to provide more in-
depth insights and knowledge on neighborhood association management and advocacy.
College of Education - education and health related activities that target the greater Omaha metropolitan area community,
professionals, and provide development opportunities for students.
In-service workshops, certificate programs in assessment, and other professional development education to public
Delivery of clinical services (professional development for students) in speech-language pathology, learning disabilities,
Smoking cessation programs
Book Club (special health and empowerment project for women)
Gait Analysis Lab -The Gait Analysis Laboratory specializes in studying and evaluating running injuries and
performance. The Laboratory offers an assessment to help determine the best type of running shoe to match the
idiosyncrasies of your foot, ankle and leg anatomy. The procedure is based on the most recent knowledge available in
sports medicine. The goal is to keep you running and minimize downtime due to injury. Students intern in this program.
Postural Development Lab
HPER Fitness Center
OTHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT / NETWORKING
The Urban League of Nebraska, Inc. and the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) partner in the Black Executive Exchange.
Local presenters speak in elementary, secondary and university classrooms. , BEEP addresses the need for quality education for
African-American students interested in both the public and private sectors, and has been present on the campuses of historically
black colleges and universities. BEEP II in Omaha has been unique and innovative. UNO is the first predominantly white institution in
the nation to participate in the BEEP program. Presenters are called ―BEEPers.‖
The UNO Women of Color Awards are presented to acknowledge the valuable contributions made by women of color in the greater
Omaha area in the arts and humanities, business/entrepreneurship, community service, education, science and technology, and
youth leadership categories. The honoree‘s insights, diverse perspectives and experiences are being highlighted and celebrated in
an effort to encourage continued and future involvement of women of color in our community. UNO is a partner in this program.
Nebraska Women in Higher Education annual conference is open to women at Nebraska postsecondary institutions. UNO is
sponsor of this organization.
Annual Conference: Third Cumbre of The Great Plains: Understanding Immigration and the Changing Communities of the Americas.
Lessons from Sending Communities Across the Globe.
Which institutional resources are shared with community?
_YES_co-curricular student service
_YES_cultural offerings (examples)
Co-curricular student service
During the 05-06 academic year, 1,755 students involve in student activities and organizations performed community service with
community partners or for their benefit. Students contributed a total of 4,800 hours, over $50,000 in cash/material donations and gave
overall $120,000 in work and donated items to the Omaha community.
The UNO Marching Band members have elementary school ‗buddies‘ whom they mentor throughout the year. Band ―buddies‖ get to
practice marching beside band members and attend games and are recognized. Students are encouraged to participate in music and
come on the UNO campus to gain a better understanding of college and activities.
College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media provides public entertainment through ―Ecoutez!‖ music series, Heartland Orchestra,
UNO Marching Band, UNO Theatre, UNO Shakespeare Festival, UNO Book Arts, UNO Art Gallery, and international cultural exchange
programs. Forensic tournaments, speech and debate contests, KVNO public radio, and UNO television all contribute to enriching the
community. The campus planetarium, various lecture series, intercollegiate athletic events, international student events and so on attract
community interest and enjoy public and private funding support. The UNO Art Gallery alone had 6,828 visitors in 05-06.
Events that target ethnically diverse persons to campus throughout the year include: Martin Luther King celebration, Mexico
Independence Day celebration, Native American Campus Pow Wow. Spanish-language and other foreign language films are shown in
the campus auditorium for students, faculty and community.
The 29th Annual Global Studies Conference, open to the community and scholars, will be held at the University of Nebraska at Omaha,
5-7 October 2006.
UNO Intercollegiate athletics offers 5 men‘s sports and 9 women‘s sports. Men‘s ice hockey is Division I and other sports compete as
Division II. Community is involved and supportive. About 350 student athletes compete and have recently won several national titles in
women‘s soccer and men‘s wrestling. The UNO Women's Walk sponsored by corporate partners raises thousands of dollars each year
for women‘s sport. The athletics program is vibrant and strong. Each sport has an active booster organization of community supporters.
About 90% of the student athletics 05-06 gave 3,500 hours of community service contributing about $63,000 in work and donations. They
did rake-a-thons, tutoring, service to youth and other projects.
Community Library Access
services: dual enrollment program.
The Dual Enrollment program is a cooperative venture between UNO and metropolitan area high schools. High school Dual Enrollment
faculty members are considered to be UNO adjunct faculty and will have regular faculty privileges at the library. Students may use the
library as regularly-enrolled UNO students.
services: high schools.
The University Library enables high school teachers and media specialists to assist their students in obtaining UNO library cards. The
library offers this service as a courtesy to area high school students, who benefit by being able to do research at the University Library.
To participate in the High School User Program, the high school teacher or media specialist must complete and sign the University
Library's High School Contract form. High school students participating must be sixteen years of age and must complete and sign a high
school user contract form agreeing to abide by all library circulation policies.
services: university library friends.
Account Registration and Renewal
Members of the University Library Friends group receive checkout and interlibrary loan privileges as benefits of their membership. Library
accounts are created upon initial membership. Accounts are then renewed when membership is renewed.
Registered UNO Alumni members are persons who have donated to the UNO Alumni Association. One of the many benefits of this level
of membership are courtesy privileges at the University Library.
services: community users.
Nebraska residents who are at least nineteen years old may purchase a community borrower's card for $20 per year. A valid Nebraska
driver's license is required. Materials Checkout - Community Users may borrow as many as ten items at a time from the library, with the
option of two renewals. Please note that due to license restrictions, we are unable to provide community users access to the library's
electronic indexes and databases. Interlibrary Loan-At this time, interlibrary loan privileges are not available to Community Users.
Visitors are are welcome to come to the UNO Library to use our resources. This includes the use of all library collections (print and
media) and the library's electronic resources including databases, the Internet and the Worldwide Web.
NebraskAccess offers free online access to current magazines, journals, newspapers, genealogy and business information to all
Nebraska residents. The Nebraska Library Commission provides these resources with funding from the State of Nebraska.
Information Technology Services supports three community-based labs in North Omaha, South Omaha, and Offutt AFB. The labs are
staffed with student workers and offer software and Internet access. Coordination with community social services and organizations has
been very successful.
There are 258 hi-tech classrooms and meeting rooms with presentation and wireless connectivity at UNO. Most resources are available
for use by community partners for a fee, or free if the event is co-sponsored by UNO.
See faculty outreach programs where faculty may be contacted directly to provide professional services or consultations:
2. Using the grid below, describe representative partnerships (both institutional and departmental)
that were in place during the most recent academic year. (maximum 20 partnerships)
NOTE: Examples are listed in the table although up to another 30 could be provided. Other
partnerships are described in narrative under the last section ―Faculty Scholarship Associated with
Outreach and Partnering Activities‖.
Partnership Community Institutional Purpose Length of # of # of students Grant Institution Impact Community Impact
Name Partner Partner Partnership faculty funding
Yes, 7 public p-16 Over 30 COE – 103,000 public school no Multiple collaborations Seamless P-16
school districts collaboration years 65 and 2,000 UNO education –
Yes, all NE public Database and many Library Statewide NE P-16 no Efficient purchasing power Access to broader
2. NE Library
libraries service sharing faculty = offering of resources
3. NUCIA – NU campuses/ Int’l Information 2+ years 9 800 +UNO students yes Cutting edge research Economic benefit,
NE U.S. Government Assurance expertise in community
University Agencies – Outreach to youth
Multiple – Promote 1+ years 6 100 high school Yes Student recruitment and Economic engine –
First Nat’l business students annually mentoring opportunities outreach to youth
Bank, Omaha entrepreneurship
Hangar One, Inc. Nebraska Aeronautics 10 years 4 Varies by project EPScOR & Supports other math/science Workforce
Omaha Aviation & EPScOR Education private ed. initiatives, student Development, science
Flight Academy program/Coll recruitment education and outreach
Partnership Community Institutional Purpose Length of # of # of students Grant Institution Impact Community Impact
Name Partner Partner Partnership faculty funding
6. NE Native Tribal school and NE EPScOR Aeronautics 8 years 4 1,000 Native American EPScOR & Multiple collaborations – 4 Workforce development
American colleges program education youth private tribal school 2 tribal colleges and science education
7. NE Space Tuskegee Omaha NE EPScOR Aeronautics 8 years 4 Not available EPSCoR & Meets diversity goals of Workforce
Grant Airmen Chapter program education private UNO Development and
African- support science education
Multiple State Business start- 25 years 1 faculty State-wide impact on Federal Access to Economic benefit,
8. Nebraska partnerships with Headquarters ups, training, and students / professionals workshops/expertise entrpreneurship, NE
Business Small Bus Dev at UNO leadership, many Manufacting Extension
Development Centers throughout business professio Partnership
Center state and many technology and nal staff
UNMC NIH, multiple neuromuscular 10 years 3 11 graduate Federal/ $300,000 federal research Clinic and expertise
national control students/interns and state/ funds annually, collaboration available to public.
9. agencies mechanism of 200+ HPER majors multiple with UNMC Robotic surgery
Biomechanics human agencies advances and infant
Laboratory movement motor development
3. Does the institution or do the departments work to promote the
mutuality and reciprocity of the partnerships?
Yes No Describe
Growing community partnerships is on the increase at UNO and the means to promote such is to develop mutually beneficial
relationship and reciprocity. Most of the large supporters of UNO also hire our graduates such as: Omaha Public Schools, First Data
Corporation, Union Pacific, Mutual of Omaha, Strategic Air Command, First National Bank of Omaha, Northwestern Mutual, ConAgra,
US Bank, Streck, National Indemnity, Gallup, Interpublic Group, Alegent Health, Walgreens, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, United Parcel
Service, and PayPal. These employers/partners are actively involved in sponsorship feedback, career development of our students
through participation at career fairs, and research sponsorships. We receive feedback on a number of fronts/issues.
b. Are there mechanisms to systematically provide feedback and assessment to community
Yes No Describe
There is a well-established assessment feedback loop associated with students working in K-12 schools. This results in changes for
subsequent internships and the data is used for accreditation of UNO Teacher Education programs. An alumni/employer survey has
been developed and will be implemented within then next year.
5. Are there examples of faculty scholarship associated with their outreach and partnerships
activities (Technical Reports, Curriculum, Research Reports, Policy Developments, Journal
Yes No Examples
Faculty Scholarship Associated with Outreach and Partnership Activities
Examples (not complete)
College of Information Sciences & Technology outreach includes cyberforensics training for Lockheed Martin and local law
enforcement agencies, web-based project management simulation for Mutual of Omaha, project management, web site usability
evaluation for First National Bank, and IT Applications Testing for STRATCOM military and civilians and defense contractors.
Technical reports, curriculum, research, journal publications come from these partnerships and activities.
Working the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the College of Information Sciences & Technology supports the STATPack
project for the State of Nebraska (through Health and Human Services). The project enhances the health reporting capabilities of
public health laboratory clinics in Nebraska, with special emphasis on biosecurity. Faculty and students have presented research in
journal and at conferences. One lead faculty member with the assistance of six student interns developed the product and tested with
health labs. The STATPack is patent pending.
College of Information Sciences and Technology followed up its successful hosting of the Americas Conference of Information
Systems (more than 1,100 attended) with the announcement that it will next host the International Conference of Data Mining. The
College of Information Sciences and Technology faculty, Ilze Zigurs is editor-in-chief of the e-service Journal. Faculty Sajda
Qureshi, is editor-in-chief of Information for Technology Development Journal and the journal is hosted by UNO, published by Wiley
Publishers. Other journals hosted by the College of IS&T: International Journal of Information Technology and Decision Making.
Professor Peter Wolcott‘s recent article (College of IS&T) ―A Framework for Assessing the Global Diffusion of the Internet‖, reached
the top ten list of most downloaded articles in the Journal of the Association for Information Systems (JAIS)
A special issue of Journal of Association of Information Systems (JAIS) dealing with Collaboration Engineering will feature two UNO
faculty researchers, G.J. de Vreede and Robert Briggs. The UNO e-collaboration center provides services to groups, businesses,
organizations as part of their outreach mission.
Journal of Air Transportation hosted at UNO and associated with the Aviation Institute.
Journal co-sponsors include: American Society for Public Administration — Scott Tarry, Chair, Transportation Section; Air Transport
Research Society — Tae Oum, Chair; NASA Nebraska Space Grant Consortium — Brent Bowen, Director; NASA Space Grant
College and Fellowship Program — Diane DeTroye, Program Manager; Transport and Telecommunications Institute, Latvia —
Eugenye Kopitov, Rector
The lead UNO researcher on Air Transportation, Brent Bowen, directs an annual rating of air transportation quality, a nationally
recognized and reported set of statistics and rankings.
Over 56 scholarly publications including books and chapters have been produced from work at the UNO Biomechanics Laboratory
which is a partnership activity with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the National Center of Medical Rehabilitation Research,
the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, University of Maryland, the National Institute of Disability and
Rehabilitation, and other entities. The Center, while focused on research, provides for student internships and a public clinic with
diagnostic services. The lead researcher in the Biomechanics Laboratory has a patent pending device for diagnosing gait. His
research is largely conducted in the public Gait clinic on the UNO campus.
Twenty-seven sister institutions in countries around the world offer reach outreach opportunities for faculty, students and community
leaders. Exchanges provide opportunities for fine arts touring groups. UNO campus receives international students from sister cities
and higher education organizations through study exchanges. Music groups' exchanges have allowed UNO faculty and students to
tour many of these countries, perform before officials, and premiere compositions.
Juvenile Justice Institute total funding in 2005-2006 was nearly a half million dollars. Research is done under the direction of the
University of Nebraska and the Nebraska legislature for the Nebraska judicial system. The PhD. program at UNO in Criminal Justice
in conjunction with the Institute provides ample opportunity for students and faculty to engage with the State of Nebraska in a mutually
beneficial relationship that results in energized and effective public policy and published research.
The School of Public Administration faculty published over 23 refereed journal articles, 3 books, 8 book chapters, and presented 34
papers at professional meetings. Most of the research output is related to public engagement/partnership and specific community
The College of Education faculty report 173 presentations/performances at state, regional, national, and international professional
conferences conventions. The faculty report over 175 publications in a variety of professional journals, books, and proceedings and
faculty applied for 49 research grants and were awarded over $2 million. Much of the presentations/research in COE is Teacher
Education – related and is a product of our relationship with MOEC schools.