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Carnegie commends K-State community engagement; Powercat center an example

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Already ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a "very high research activity" university, K-State recently was named as one of 115 institutions to receive the 2010 Community Engagement Classification.

The classification honors higher education institutions that collaborate with their larger communities and understand the benefits of a reciprocal exchange of knowledge and resources.

"Being designated as an engaged university speaks to the broad-based engagement and outreach work going on at K-State," said David Procter, director of the Center for Engagement and Community Development.

K-State has a long history of community engagement and outreach, and has used its research, teaching and service to help address issues facing communities in Kansas and worldwide.

The university is involved in more than 40 campus and community partnerships. K-State's application for the designation listed 15 exemplary university and community partnerships.

One example, Procter pointed out, is the Powercat Financial Counseling which provides free information and education to K-State students who are seeking help with financial issues such as budgeting, credit use, saving, identity theft, investing, managing debt and expenses during and after college.

"The Community Engagement designation affirms the land-grant mission Kansas State University has always had," Procter said. "In the 21st century K-State remains committed to helping the state of Kansas."

In a letter to Procter, Anthony S. Bryk, president of the Carnegie Foundation, commended K-State for its "exemplary institutionalized practices of community engagement."

"It is heartening to see this level of commitment and activity," Bryk said. "Clearly, higher education is making real strides in finding ways to engage with and contribute to important community agendas. There is much to celebrate."

Prepared by K-State communications and marketing and Human Ecology communications

This article was posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2011, and is filed under College News, Family Studies & Human Services.