About BTU

BTU is about elevating the work we’re already doing with partners throughout Greater Baltimore to better address the needs of the region.

BTU is about elevating the work that we’re already doing with our partners throughout Greater Baltimore to better address the needs of the region. We look forward to working with you to make Greater Baltimore even better.


BTU Goals

BTU strives to support TU and its partners from the start of an idea to gathering resources for partnerships to flourish.

  • Support faculty, staff, and students in engaging partnership work
  • Listen and serve as a front door for external organizations
  • Identify, capture, and determine the scope of our partnerships and collaborations
  • Coordinate campus resources
  • Evaluate impacts and outcomes
  • Align TU's work for greater impact
  • Recognize and reward this work
BTU Activities

All activities take place in collaboration with a BTU network partner.

  • Applied research and contractual services
  • Community-based research
  • Community service
  • Economic development
  • Educational collaborations
  • Outreach events
  • Health promotion
  • Internships, practicum, and clinicals
  • Service learning
  • Social and community development
  • Extension programs and training
BTU Impact

Five BTU impact areas have been established to organize our work and position us to better address the needs of Greater Baltimore. 

  • High-quality and equitable education 
  • Lifelong health and well-being 
  • Strong neighborhoods and sustainable communities 
  • Thriving and competitive economy 
  • Vibrant arts and cultural community
BTU Engagements

BTU engagements each have different needs, depending on their scope. The following have been identified to define each BTU engagement and ensure that the appropriate level of support is provided to reach its goals.

  • Transactional—Engagements that are limited to financial support including development and fundraising efforts as sponsors and in-kind gifts
  • Emerging Idea—An idea, conversation, or developing concept for a new relationship or partnership. The faculty or staff member may already have a connection with this community partner and hopes to develop a defined relationship
  • One-Time Collaboration—A single or short-term activity with a beginning and an end date taking place in partnership between TU and an outside entity. These collaborations have no formal agreement to continue the collaboration in future years or semesters
  • Ongoing Collaboration—Collaborations between TU and an outside entity with a formal or informal agreement in place, working toward mutually beneficial outcomes, with no estimated end date.
A Community-Engaged Institution

Partnerships are central to Towson University's role as a community-engaged institution. Towson University is recognized as a community-engaged institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is one of only three institutions in Maryland to hold the Classification for Community Engagement. Our campus is also consistently named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.