Public Engagement by the Numbers

Sent on behalf of Dr. Carol Polifroni, Director of Public Engagement and Dean of the School of Nursing

We are writing today regarding collecting information on community based engagement efforts for this academic year. UConn strives to support relevant, reciprocal, and responsible community based partnerships to support and enhance students’ academic experiences. The University supports community based learning experiences through course-based initiatives, co-curricular activities, extra-curricular and research based activities. Last year across all campuses, we reported over 14,000 students, faculty, and staff serving over 1.5 million hours of service.

Collecting this information supports our reporting for The President’s Community Service Honor Roll, preparation for the 2020 Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement re-classification, legislative needs as well as other national reporting. The data also assists us in highlighting the University’s commitment to building a stronger community and creating active global citizens. Our aim this year is to ensure we hear from all programs and services that support these efforts across all of our campuses. Efforts can include course-based activities, engaged scholarship, co-curricular activities, extra-curricular and coordinated efforts with community based agencies.

To support our efforts in data collection we have streamlined the survey to support us collecting the information we need while lessening the amount of time it will take you to complete the survey.

The survey can be found at:

You will need the following information for each initiative on the survey:

Name of Initiative
Number of students involved
Number of hours the students collected served
Number of students that served for at least 20 hours on this initiative
How many faculty participated in this initiative?
Number of faculty hours on initiative
Number of staff members that participated in initiative
How many staff hours
How many of the following long-term federal volunteers worked on the initiative?

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey and supporting the University efforts in highlighting these initiatives. If you have any questions regarding this survey or the university’s service efforts please contact Julia Yakovich from the Office of Public Engagement at or Gina DeVivo Brassaw from Community Outreach at

Julia M. Yakovich

University of Connecticut

Office of Public Engagement

Service Learning Program

Storrs Campus

Wilbur Cross, Suite 104A

233 Glenbrook Road, Unit 4201

Storrs, CT 06269-4201

Phone: 860.486.4531



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