Campus: CSU Fresno -- June 4, 2004

Four universities selected for national community pilot project

Four public universities have been selected to participate in a pilot project to strengthen engagement with their communities. The four institutions selected are:

California State University Fresno
"Fresno State is proud to be involved in this important project," said John Welty, president of California State University, Fresno. "Our campus is the premiere university in one of the most dynamic and rapidly growing sections of California--that inland part of the state that's becoming known as 'The New California.' Fresno State has the faculty, graduate students, and community linkages in place throughout this region to deal with the breadth of opportunity represented in 'The New California.'"

Northern Kentucky University
"Northern Kentucky University has made tremendous progress in community stewardship and is excited about the opportunity to further enhance our efforts in Making Place Matter,” said James Votruba, president, Northern Kentucky University. “Our accomplishments in this area have received national recognition, but they are only the beginning. Through increased collaboration we will continue to help shape the vision of both Northern Kentucky and the Commonwealth, and we look forward to serving as a national model in this regard."

University of North Carolina Pembroke
"The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is honored to serve the nation as a role model in the Making Place Matter initiative,” and Allen Meadors, chancellor, University of North Carolina at Pembroke. “As the leading economic engine in our service area, we look forward to strengthening our stewardship practices within the communities we serve

University of Northern Iowa
"UNI has taken an active role participating in activities promoting the welfare of the Cedar Valley and the area it serves,” Robert Koob, president, University of Northern Iowa. “This award from the Kellogg Foundation and AASCU will help us learn how to be more effective in our efforts."

This project, Making Place Matter, is supported by a partnership between the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Alliance for Regional Stewardship.

The project, consisting of a state university and regional and state stakeholders, engage in an intensive process to identify stewardship opportunities and barriers and address them. The institutions were selected on the basis of readiness, commitment (human and financial), and potential to serve as a model for peer institutions.

The project has received $150,000 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to promote a more integrated approach to engagement with communities, regional stewardship, and advancing policy and programmatic conversations for state college and university leaders through concrete tools and strategies.

The 18-month pilot project will aid campuses and their regional and state partners in framing comprehensive visions for communities and regions and preparing and equipping leaders to pursue those visions. Through this project, state colleges and universities will employ their assets in stewardship of place, both inside and outside the campus community. The pilot project will be followed by a two-day meeting to introduce the concept of regional stewardship, exploring higher education’s role as a regional steward, and presenting the tools developed for use by campuses and their regional and state partners.

AASCU is a higher education association whose membership is comprised of more than 430 public colleges, universities and systems of higher education throughout the United States and its territories.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930 “to help people help themselves through the practical application of knowledge and resources to improve their quality of life and that of future generations.”

Contact: Heather Berg, 202-293-7070


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