Texas Tech University Hosts Regional Academic Engagement Symposium

The symposium will explore the theories, principles and practices behind university and community engagement.

Texas Tech will host its first Regional Academic Engagement Symposium Feb. 21 and 22 at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center on the Lubbock campus.

Andy Furco

Andy Furco

The theme of the symposium is "Community-Engaged Teaching, Research and Service: What does It Mean and Why Does It Matter?" and will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 21 and from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 22.

The symposium is composed of 38 sessions that will bring together faculty, administrators, academic staff, students from Texas higher education institutions and their community partners. Attendees will discuss specific engagement projects, reasons for engaging and partnership strategies.

Panelists also will highlight the mutual benefits derived from their engagement and share their perspectives and insights into university-community collaborations.

Andy Furco, professor and associate vice president for public engagement at the University of Minnesota, will deliver the keynote address. He will discuss the need for university-community engagement in order to secure the goals of higher education and communities alike.

Furco also will present a one-hour workshop, "Service Learning, Student Retention and Success," on the first day of the symposium.

Administrators, faculty, staff and students from two- and four-year institutions as well as members of community organizations are invited to attend. Registration is free for Texas Tech University System employees and students, $50 for faculty and staff from other institutions and $30 for students. One-day registration is also available. There is no charge for community members to attend.

For detailed program information and to register, go to the symposiums website.


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