In Cornell’s Strategic Plan, the university asserted five key objectives, of which one was a renewed commitment to Excellence in Public Engagement. Engaged Cornell advances Cornell’s mission through community-engaged learning and discovery across and beyond the university. Relatedly, Cornell has articulated eleven learning goals, which apply to undergraduates and graduate student learning alike. These goals include, but are not limited to, critical thinking, self-directed learning, engagement in the process of discovery, multicultural competence, and civic engagement. Cornell was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as one of the country’s leading “Institutions of Community Engagement” because of the depth of its many community research partnerships and the breadth of its civic engagement opportunities for students, faculty, and staff across the university. Education and research in the areas of social entrepreneurship and innovation are informed by this commitment to public engagement. Hubs for this activity include:
- Center for Transformative Action: www.CenterforTransformativeAction.org
- Office of Engagement Initiatives (Engaged Cornell): http://www.engaged.cornell.edu/
- Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise:http://www.johnson.cornell.edu/Center-for-Sustainable-Global-Enterprise.aspx
- ILR School Social Sector Working Group:https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/buffalo/high-road-fellowships/about/social-sector-working-group.
- Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability Autism at Work Initiatives: http://yti.cornell.edu/projects/autism-at-work