TU in the Community

Partnerships at Towson University


Partnerships at Towson University are ongoing in nature and focus on the collaboration and exchange of knowledge, expertise, and resources. Our partnerships support the mission of the university, student learning and experience, and are central to our identity as a community-engaged institution.


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Towson University currently has
over 90 active partnerships

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TU’s partnerships are helping to solve critical issues both locally and globally. Though our partnerships are happening all over the region and the world, 90% of them are directly making a difference for citizens in Maryland.

Outcomes

The following are the most significant outcomes that have resulted from our partnerships:

  • Teaching: Providing our students with hands-on experience to support what they are learning in the classroom
  • Research: Disseminating findings to contribute to the field and to help inform our partners and the community
  • Service: Affecting measurable change in the community and enhancing our relationships with community partners

Partnerships are supported through grants and contracts from external funders. TU’s annual research portfolio averages over $25 million. The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research estimates that approximately 75% of this annual funding is related to supporting the work of our partnerships.

Impacts

We regularly assess and evaluate our partnerships to determine impacts, outcomes, how students are involved, areas for improvement, and opportunities for growth. Our partnerships are interdisciplinary, embedded in both curricular and co-curricular learning, and cross many different programs and impact areas. Some of the most commonly identified impacts resulting from our partnerships are:

Supporting education in Maryland and improving college readiness and completion

Partnership examples:

    Baltimore Excellence in STEM Teaching

    TU's Baltimore Excellence in STEM Teaching (BEST) Project provides hands-on training and mentoring opportunities to middle and high school STEM teachers as well as outreach activities for their students. Each BEST teacher is partnered with a research scientist, mathematician or engineer at a local university, government institution or industry to conduct a 6-week summer research project. The BEST program continues the following school year as teachers develop and implement lessons that translate their summer research experiences into engaging, learner-centered activities for their students. Requiring students to act and think like real-world STEM researchers develops problem-solving as well as interpersonal skills preparing high school graduates that are ready for college and exposing them to potential careers in STEM.

    Be a Towson Tiger

    This service-learning course allows TU students in 'Advanced Spanish Communication' to teach students at Patterson Park Charter School (PPCS) an elective course about going to college. The purpose of the course is to inform and motivate middle schoolers to work toward achieving a college education. TU students design classes, teach the PPCS students once a week through the semester, and host the PPCS students at TU for a day of activities and class.

Addressing health disparities

Partnership example:

    Health Screenings through the Immigration Outreach Center

    Nurse volunteers, graduate nursing students, and undergraduate service-learning students offer health screenings and health education through the Immigration Outreach Service Center. Students focus on identifying deficits in healthcare knowledge and resources and improving access.

Contributing to a vibrant arts and cultural community

Partnership examples:

    History Mural Project

    This project started as a volunteer project in which TU students worked with the Northwood Appold Community Academy (NACA) to paint a mural of the school's theme – Democracy & Freedom. The History Department worked with the Art Education Department to teach the students of the school as part of the project. The History students taught the concepts of democracy and freedom, while the Art Education students taught about the artistic aspect and how to paint a mural. Future activities include an “Introduction to TU” day for the NACA students and another mural project.

    Towson Arts Collective and the Ellen ‘Brit’ Christiansen Foundation

    The Towson Arts Collective and the Ellen 'Brit' Christiansen Foundation have recently located to downtown Towson. They offer children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to work alongside artists in the community. TU's Community Arts Program works with the Collective and the Foundation to offer adult and children's art education classes in the space in order to better connect with the community.

Improving Maryland’s economic competitiveness and addressing critical skills gaps

Partnership example:

    CTE Program Development in Construction Design and Management

    Towson University has worked with the Maryland Center for Construction Education and Innovation (MCCEI) to establish a standardized, project-based curriculum for teachers and students in Career and Technology Education (CTE) high schools in the field of Construction Design and Management (CDM). The project aims at developing a pipeline that would take students through high school and exposing them to all aspects of the CDM industry with the purpose of developing skills that are transferrable to high level education, as well as the Maryland workforce.

Enhancing Maryland’s environmental sustainability

Partnership example:

    Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission

    The Fisher College of Mathematics and Science and the Regional Economic Studies Institute (RESI) are working with the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Department of Natural Resources to study the effects of natural gas drilling in Western Maryland. This study will assist state policymakers and regulators in determining whether and how gas production from the Marcellus shale in Maryland can be accomplished without unacceptable risks of adverse impacts to public health, safety, the environment, and natural resources.

Promoting community development

Partnership example:

    Sharp Leadenhall Community Partnership

    This partnership aims to assist community members in the South Baltimore neighborhood of Sharp Leadenhall in their efforts to improve their communities. It includes non-profits, churches, and community groups. Activities associated with this partnership include a concession stand before Ravens home games to raise funds for local initiatives, a strategic community partnership with AME Ebenezer, one of the oldest AME churches in the country, community clean-up days, and a walking tour of this historically black community that helped it receive historical status.


Phone: 877-TU-Link-4U or 410-704-2678
Fax: 410-704-2152
E-mail: TUintheCommunity@towson.edu


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There are over 3,600 students currently involved in partnerships happening across campus and they contribute almost 200,000 hours in an average semester.


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Last Updated: Friday March 07, 2014