With encouragement from the UNC Board of Governors, and in an effort to better measure how UNC institutions connect to the communities that surround them – with businesses, local government nonprofits and community groups -- UNC’s Office of International, Community and Economic Engagement worked with the UNC Economic Transformation Council and the UNC Engagement Council and the UNC Engagement Council in 2014 -15 to produce a first-time analysis of how UNC campuses, students and faculty are connected to and engaged with local/regional community partners via experiential courses and initiatives, research, and public service. A shorter update report followed in 2015-16. These high-level summaries provide overviews of our local, regional and state-wide impacts on communities and the economy, and challenge the system to bring together partners across the state to increase such “communiversity”-building activity. As our ability to collect this data improves in the future, we expect to be able to provide additional and more comprehensive reports.
As part of our data collection on community and economic engagement, UNC-GA asked campuses to submit examples of such engagement ‘in action’. The complete series of narrative reports submitted are available by clicking on each campus listed below.