The University of Michigan Dearborn Audit of Civic Engagement (PDF) is now available for download. This 31-page report was a project of students in SSCI 390: Civic Engagement Methods, Theory, and Practice for Winter 2006.
Beginning in 2004, Chancellor Daniel Little led the University of Michigan Dearborn in re-examining its role and mission. “We can aspire to becoming a great metropolitan university,” he explained in a letter to UM President Mary Sue Coleman, “offering a distinctive combination of academic excellence with commitment to addressing the problems of our metropolitan region.”1 Over the next year, the campus held a series of discussions and a campus-wide retreat to flesh out this vision of a University with “metropolitan impact.” Several key questions emerged from this process that will be taken up in this report. What are the values of this institution? What is UMD’s “community” off campus? What is the responsibility of the University to prepare its students and encourage its faculty and staff to be productive citizens? How might the campus go about fulfilling these responsibilities?
University of Michigan Dearborn Audit of Civic Engagement, July 26, 2006