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UNCP joins national pilot project for community engagement

June 14, 2004

 Allen Meadors

Chancellor Allen C. Meadors

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke works hard to improve the quality of life in its surrounding communities.

Now, the University will become a national model of how universities can serve their regions.

UNCP was selected as one of four universities in the nation to join an American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) program, called Making Place Matter. It is funded by a $150,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation that is designed to promote an integrated approach to engagement for universities and their surrounding communities.

The pilot project will take 18 months to complete a comprehensive vision of how UNCP and its community partners can work more effectively. Community partners will assist UNCP in identifying stewardship opportunities and barriers.

UNCP was chosen for the program based on its existing commitments to community programs, said Chancellor Allen C. Meadors.

"We are honored to serve the nation as a role model in the Making Place Matter initiative," Chancellor Meadors said. "As the leading economic engine in our service area, we look forward to strengthening our stewardship practices within the communities we serve."

The project will help the University build on an already strong commitment to public service, Chancellor Meadors said.

"UNC Pembroke is very proud of the successful partnerships within our community - as is evidenced by being selected for Making Place Matter," he said. "The relationships we forge and cultivate will strengthen not only the University, but also the communities we serve. "

Joining UNCP in the project are California State University Fresno, North Kentucky University and the University of Northern Iowa. All four universities have strong records of community involvement.

The AASCU is a higher education association whose membership includes 430 colleges and universities in the U.S. The Kellogg Foundation was established to find practical applications of knowledge and resources to improve quality of life.