Community and University Partnerships
Established February 1, 2006
The Community and University Partnerships Initiative was established by the Office of the University Provost in order to understand and evaluate the current state of partnerships at MTSU. Today, the goal of the Community and University Partnerships Initiative is to continually demonstrate improvement in establishing, tracking, and evaluating partnerships MTSU has in order to maintain the Carnegie Classification for Community Enagement. MTSU will apply for the Carnegie Reclassification during the 2025 cycle which will begin in January 2023.
The mission of partnerships at MTSU is to encourage the development of important bonds and connections that lead to the sharing of human, spatial, financial, and knowledge resources.
MTSU will be a recognized leader among comprehensive public universities that emphasize undergraduate education while also having a significant commitment to graduate and research programs and to partnership-centered outreach programs.
The purpose of Community and University Parnerships Initiative is to foster the implementation of Goal III of the MTSU Academic Master Plan through:
- emphasizing, internally and externally, the importance of service and learning partnerships;
- providing an administrative structure to coordinate all University partnerships;
- assisting in the development of an administrative oversight plan in order to ensure coordination, facilitate communication, and monitor progress;
- developing a system to document and publish the impact of MTSU's partnerships and provide information through a searchable database;
- and assisting departments and colleages in identifying and categorizing partnerships and grant partnerships among colleges and universities.
President McPhee's comments from his 2001 Inaugural:
We must strengthen our relationships with the community by developing alliances with business, industry, the school systems, and the city and county.