Past Workshops & Webinars

Review previous professional development opportunities provided by Collaboratory.



Carnegie! A full day meeting for your team

Facilitated by John Saltmarsh, Marshall Welch, and Barbara Holland
December 1, 2017
Applying for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification: Getting Started
Hosted in partnership with Campus Compact
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Treetop Commons and Campus Compact offered a full-day Carnegie workshop in Vancouver, WA in partnership with John Saltmarsh and the Swearer Center at Brown University, the new administrative home of the the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. This workshop supported member campuses that are first-time applicants or reclassifying for the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

This one-day workshop was designed to assist campuses preparing for the Carnegie Community Engagement classification and addressed preparation for both first-time applicants and campuses that are reclassifying (those classified in 2010). The workshop included:

  • an orientation to both the classification and reclassification frameworks
  • an overview of the 2020 process
  • additions and changes to the documentation framework
  • review of the documentation framework and complete application
  • strategies that have been effective for successful application


Assessing our work:  Two days for selected institutions

Facilitated by John Saltmarsh and Marshall Welch
November 29-30, 2017
Current Practice and Infrastructures for Campus Centers of Community Engagement
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Prior to arrival, institutions completed the National Inventory of Institutional Infrastructure for Community Engagement (NIIICE). At the institute, Drs. Saltmarsh and Welch shared institutions' results and helped participants create an Action Plan addressing current practices and infrastructure.

Pieces to Masterpiece: Crafting your Community Engagement Story - A three part webinar series

Facilitated by Emily Janke (bio)
Webinar Recordings Available here!

Illuminating your institution's portrait of community engagement and public service activities is about more than gaining recognition for good work that has already been done. Understanding the full scope and depth of who is doing what, where, when, with whom, to what ends is also an effective organizational change strategy to increase the practice and legitimacy of community engagement as scholarly work.

This webinar series explores theory-driven strategies to build a shared and collective campus-wide conversation about the role and value of community engagement in meeting institutional priorities including enrollment, hiring, diversity, and fundraising. Learn about strategies to collect information that allow you to understand your institutional portrait, and why systems to track and measure community engagement activities are strategically invaluable in revealing your institution's "masterpiece" as a community-engaged institution.

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

Dr. Marshall Welch, Independent Scholar (bio)

Dr. Marshall Welch

Welch and Saltmarsh introduced an inventory that helps institutions understand their current infrastructure in order to set goals and develop strategy to support and deepen their community engagement. Participants had the opportunity to consider participation in a daylong Institute that the presenters offer to help institutions unpack the data collected through the inventory.  This webinar was ideal for any institution that prioritizes community engagement and can benefit from a process by which to evaluate and envision.

Interested in learning more? Welch and Saltmarsh have two resources you can review:
-     Current Practice and Infrastructures for Campus Centers of Community Engagement
-     Engaging Higher Education: Purpose, Platforms, and Programs for Community Engagement

The carnegie community engagement classification: a broad overview

Dr. Barbara Holland

Dr. Barbara Holland, Collaboratory Consultant; Senior Scholar, Institute for Community and Economic Engagement, The University of North Carolina Greensboro

Dr. Holland shared her thoughts about the design and content of the Carnegie application and some of the factors involved in making the decision about whether your institution is ready to apply.  Great opportunity to gain some tips as you continue the discussions at your institution about the who, what, when of applying for this elective classification.