TU Outreach and Engagement Projects are focused on either teaching and learning, applied research, and/or outreach and professional service; and are reciprocal and mutually beneficial to both members of the TU community and our community/business partners. These projects bring TU and communities together and are not a collage of separate activities, but a particular approach to campus-community collaboration. There is mutual planning, implementation, and assessment among outreach and engagement partners.
Service Learning: Accounting 101 course that teaches the principles of financial accounting and engages students in preparing financial statements for a local nonprofit agency as part of a service learning project.
Community-based applied research: A study of the impact of regional greenhouse gas initiatives on a local community
Community Outreach initiatives: A Gear-Up grant to support technology programming at high schools in Baltimore City
Community Service Projects: Tigerthon, a student-led 12 hour dance marathon which raises money for Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital
What are not Outreach and Engagement projects?
A good or service that primarily benefits a faculty or staff member
Projects by another entity where students and faculty sporadically participate
A student internship that lacks outreach and engagement elements
Faculty or staff research that lacks outreach and engagement elements
A consulting practice
A business that occasionally has a Towson University intern
An internship in an organization that does not directly impact the community
A research paper that focuses on topics other than outreach and engagement