The university Strategic Plan The 2020 Plan: Making it Happen describes the university's commitment to community engagement and reinforces the concept of a "Citizen University." Future growth of initiatives in the Signature Partnership, Ideas to Action (i2a), Student Affairs and in each academic unit will result in significant increases in our community service projects and community-based instructional and research efforts.
In the Carnegie Community Engagement application the university was asked "How does the institution classify community-engaged scholarship (service, scholarship of application, other)?" In response we answered that "the university is engaged in an on going conversation about how to best define community engagement. The university's basic construct for community engagement is embedded in teaching, research and service."