COMMITTEES:

We have created four new committees to work on several exciting challenges. Please choose from below to learn more about the committees:

Social Application of Excellence
Valuing Engaged Scholarship
Social Connectedness
Democratic Engagement

Those who are experienced in a particular area and interested in serving should contact Executive Director Dr. Saul Petersen at njcc@stockton.edu

These committees will strive to answer relevant topic questions. Please expand the Committees below to view the questions being addressed:

Social Application of Excellence

Purpose

The NJCC Committee on the Social Application of Excellence will work to strengthen commitments to, and uncover a broad array of connections between, individual expertise and the benefits to society.
The committee will strive to explore the following questions:
1. Is civic engagement a proven student success strategy for New Jersey Higher education institutions?
2. (a) What would it take to expand the number of students and campuses utilizing developmental models and milestones for civic learning?
3. What are the characteristics of civic engagement experiences that are contributing to students’ development of civic minded professionalism and/or preferences for public issues careers.

Valuing Engaged Scholarship

Purpose

The NJCC Committee on Valuing Engaged Scholarship will work to increase statewide understanding of the importance and legitimacy of engaged scholarship and also to build a regional social network of engaged scholars through training, virtual tools, and recognition.
The committee will strive to explore the following questions:

1. The committee shall assist with the development of agendas for faculty roundtables on engaged scholarship, and will help promote, attend, and write about impact of such events.
a. Where connections exist between the foci of this committee and other events such as the 2015 ERCC preconference on promotion and tenure, or the 2015 Engagement Academy, these shall similarly be supported by the committee
b. Where gaps exist, the committee shall develop new events and initiatives on behalf of NJCC
2. In what ways can NJCC develop, support, and otherwise be a useful resource to a New Jersey network of engaged scholars, including perhaps through the Ambassadors of Engagement Project proposed on the NJCC website?
3. Beyond those provided in “Issues of our Time” , what clear references to community engaged scholarship can be found within faculty policies at New Jersey higher education institutions?
a. References can be guided by the examples NJCC has amassed from existing faculty policies
b. What can be learned from promotion and tenure committees about the process and timeline of policy reform, and in what ways has the culture of the institution evolved since changes were made?

Social Connectedness

Purpose

The NJCC Committee on Social Connectedness will:
• Work to increase the scale of New Jersey-based k-12 students that are both ‘likely’ and ‘ready’ to succeed in a postsecondary education environment
• Act on evidence of the potential for career networking and market niche identification resulting from lasting community engagement initiatives, and
• Work with multiple sectors to find new ways to reduce debts associated with a postsecondary education.

The committee will strive to explore the following questions:
1. Including those provided in “Issues of our Time ” , what are the most successful access programs here in New Jersey that have one or more higher education institutions serving as integral partner(s)?
a. What are the key insights from each individual program?
b. How can NJCC build momentum from their achievements?
2. For New Jersey’s higher ed students, what are the facets of community engagement that go beyond learning in the classroom that are leading to career opportunities in local communities?
a. What evidence is there for career networking through community engagement, based in part on the evidence presented in “Issues of our Time”?
b. What skills and experiences, attributable to community engagement activities, are possessed by the graduates, according to employers?
3. For the differing institution types located here in New Jersey, what are the existing and potential policies and innovative strategies for postsecondary debt reduction, including those referenced in “Issues of our Time”?
a. With whom should NJCC partner to advocate for policies and programs that can deliver affordable and rewarding postsecondary education to the masses?

Democratic Engagement

Purpose

The NJCC Committee on Democratic Engagement will work to broaden the use of collective impact practices in community engagement and secondly, promote community engagement as a strategy to increase student commitment to local communities and New Jersey.
The committee will strive to explore the following questions:
1. Beyond the case examples provided in “Issues of our Time” (also see here) , what are the most successful collective impact programs here in New Jersey that have one or more higher education institutions serving as integral partner(s)?
a. How can NJCC build momentum from their achievements?
2. How can we uncover a set of strategies and practices to enhance student and institutional commitment to place, ie, to local communities right here in New Jersey.