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Project Guidelines

What are Outreach and Engagement Projects?

TU Outreach and Engagement Projects are focused on either teaching and learning, applied research, and/or outreach and professional service; and are reciprocal and mutually beneficial to both members of the TU community and our community/business partners. These projects bring TU and communities together and are not a collage of separate activities, but a particular approach to campus-community collaboration. There is mutual planning, implementation, and assessment among outreach and engagement partners.

Examples include:

  • Service Learning: Accounting 101 course that teaches the principles of financial accounting and engages students in preparing financial statements for a local nonprofit agency as part of a service learning project.
  • Community-based applied research: A study of the impact of regional greenhouse gas initiatives on a local community
  • Community Outreach initiatives: A Gear-Up grant to support technology programming at high schools in Baltimore City
  • Community Service Projects: Tigerthon, a student-led 12 hour dance marathon which raises money for Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital

What are not Outreach and Engagement projects?

  • A good or service that primarily benefits a faculty or staff member
  • Projects by another entity where students and faculty sporadically participate
  • A student internship that lacks outreach and engagement elements
  • Faculty or staff research that lacks outreach and engagement elements

Examples include:

  • A consulting practice
  • A business that occasionally has a Towson University intern
  • An internship in an organization that does not directly impact the community
  • A research paper that focuses on topics other than outreach and engagement


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

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Last Updated: Friday November 15, 2013