Community and University Partnerships (CUP) Office

Established February 1, 2006

The purpose of the Community and University Partnerships Office 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;
  • determining emerging partnership opportunities;
  • 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;
  • assisting departments and colleges in identifying and categorizing partnerships and activities and evaluating partnership plans;
  • establishing a Partnership Information Center that will foster research and grant partnerships among colleges and universities;
  • and supporting and strengthening college-level partnership plans developed over the past five years.


Mission: The mission of partnerships at MTSU is to encourage the development of important bonds and connections that lead to a sharing of human, spatial, financial and knowledge resources.

Vision: 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.

Definition: Partnership is defined as a mutually beneficial relationship between two or more institutions including: Businesses, Industries, Universities, School systems, Service organizations, and Non-profit organizations...that allow goals to be accomplished that are beyond the reach of any one party acting alone.

Partnerships encourage development of important bonds and connections that lead to a sharing of human, spatial, financial, and knowledge resources.

President McPhee's Comments from his August 2001 Inaugural 
"We must strengthen our relationships with the community by developing alliances with business, industry, the school systems, and the city and county."

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