The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, describes community engagement as "the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity."
In 2020, the Carnegie Foundation recognized Old Dominion University with the elective Community Engagement Classification.
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Mission and Vision
Develop events and outreach opportunities to fulfill the university's community outreach mission by promoting service, partnerships, and expertise that connect the University to our communities for community betterment and mutual success.
Create a culture and spirit of community and civic-mindedness by building on and promoting existing efforts through strategic outreach to community organizations and integration of academic excellence to enhance ODU's role in the Hampton Roads community, the Commonwealth and beyond.