Charting a Course on the Pathway to Community Engagement:
A Two-Day Retreat for Engaged Campuses

November 29 and 30, 2017
The Heathman Lodge

Vancouver, WA

Eager to help your institution deepen civic learning and community engagement efforts? Join us in beautiful Vancouver, WA, just north of Portland, OR, for a two-day Institute to review your current efforts and build strategy for the future.  Prior to your arrival, your institution will complete the National Inventory of Institutional Infrastructure for Community Engagement (NIIICE). At the Institute,  you will receive your institution's results and create an Action Plan addressing your current practices and infrastructure. You will also receive personal interaction and feedback with those working to advance higher education community engagement, and the “gift of time away” for your team. 

Application deadline: Extended to November 5th, 2017


Dr. John Saltmarsh ,   Professor, Higher Education in the Department of Leadership in Education, College of Education and Human Development University of Massachusetts, Boston

Dr. John Saltmarsh, Professor, Higher Education in the Department of Leadership in Education, College of Education and Human Development University of Massachusetts, Boston

Dr. Marshall Welch , Independent Scholar and Author, Engaging Higher Education

Dr. Marshall Welch, Independent Scholar and Author, Engaging Higher Education


This Institute derives from the work of presenters Dr. John Saltmarsh and Dr. Marshall Welch to understand the purpose, process and programs of Centers for Community Engagement. Together they created a program assessment tool for strategic planning and program development, and to help plan for and apply to the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement. At the Institute we will:

  • Meet with like-minded higher education institutions interested in evaluating their existing community engagement efforts and infrastructure -- become a cohort of support!
  • Review your institution's Inventory responses related to institutional architecture/policy, and your Center's infrastructure, operations,  programming, and Director
  • Leverage your data to foster an institution-specific Action Plan -- know the next steps to pursue when you're back home!
  • Understand best processes to pursue to prepare an application for the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement that best reflects your work and goals

Who is Invited

  • Teams of up to three from higher education institutions with an existing Center for Community Engagement (or similar)
  • Your ideal team could include the director of the Center, their immediate supervising administrator, and/or a representative from Academic or Student Affairs. Those on your team should have the ability to review your existing work, plan for the future, and mobilize people and resources once home.
    • NOTE:  It is critical that the right “team” attends.  You will learn no matter who is here, and it will be valuable.  Because your team will be implementing the action plan you devise at the Institute, identify individuals who realistically can work to help your plan take root at your institution.

Additional Information

  • Cost for the Institute = $500 per person ($1250 for a team of three attendees) covers:
    • Access to the NIIICE Inventory
    • Lunches on November 29 and 30
    • Dinner on November 29
    • Chancellor's reception on November 30 at WSU Vancouver
    • Parking
    • Participants receive a copy of Marshall Welch's book, Engaging Higher Education
  • Transportation = Plan to fly into PDX, the award-winning airport in Portland, OR
  • Participants receive a reduced hotel rate of $141 each night -- single or double occupancy -- at The Heathman Lodge

Next Steps

  • Review the Institute goals.
  • Identify the team (up to 3) who will attend from your institution -- preferably the Director of your Community Engagement Center, his/her supervisor, and representation from Academic/Student Affairs.
  • Apply for one of the 20 team slots available at the Institute.  The application deadline has been extended to Sunday, November 5th, 2017.
  • Your application will be reviewed and you will receive notification or feedback within one month.
  • Upon acceptance, you will receive a link to the online inventory that will require 60 to 90 minutes to complete.  Submit your inventory no later than November 11 in order to have your institution comparison available for the Institute.
  • Join us in Vancouver, WA, to learn with other higher education institutions interested in deepening their strategy and work around community engagement!
  • Are you gearing up to apply for the Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement? While this two-day institute will provide you with insights into your institutional strategy and infrastructure, plan to stay an extra day with us for the Preparing for Carnegie Classification workshop (separate registration through Campus Compact) on December 1, 2017.

Your Hosts

TreeTop Commons, the creator of Collaboratory, is pleased to host this Institute in support of deepening your community engagement. Our company provides tools and resources to concretely assist you to integrate accurate data into building your vision and strategy for community engagement. This Institute and our additional professional development opportunities reflect this commitment and ensure that we are learning from and with engaged institutions as they plan for the future.


The Engagement Center Directors Institute was of critical importance to the development of our strategic plan. The inventory check-list for promising practice and infrastructure for Centers of Community Engagement is a very useful tool for us to assess how we compare to other institutions. The checklist is helping us plan for the future more effectively, saving us valuable resources.
— Lisa Georgiana, Director, Center for Service & Learning, Saint Francis University
What was perhaps most valuable about this institute was the opportunity to get away from the daily hustle on our own campus to spend time with one another doing purposeful, intentional, research-driven planning for our campus. In addition, the chance to share our ideas with a small group of colleagues and receive feedback, as well as offer our own suggestions with their plans, was essential to our walking away feeling like we have a good idea of where we are, and what we want to accomplish moving forward.
— Becca Berkey, Director, Service-Learning Program, Northeastern University
The Promising Practice and Infrastructure for Centers of Community Engagement Survey is a valuable tool and we appreciated the opportunity to reflect on our strengths and challenges. The retreat offers information and expertise, while also ample time to reflect and plan for the future. Two days well spent.
— Taffany Lim, Senior Director, Center for Engagement, Service, and the Public Good, California State University, Los Angeles

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