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The University of Alabama’s community engagement efforts reflect its core mission to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Alabama and beyond through innovative programs in teaching, research and service.
The Division of Community Affairs helps the University fulfill its mission to advance the intellectual and social condition of the people of Alabama through innovative programs that connect teaching, research and service in ways that improve the quality of life for individuals and communities.
Since 2008, The University of Alabama has held the Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Classification for Community Engagement, a distinction for higher education institutions that are committed to community engagement and whose work represents best practices in the field.
All academic disciplines are represented on a Council comprised of students, faculty, and community members
Support for students and faculty involved in community-engaged scholarship
Annual tour of West Alabama to connect faculty and students with community members
High-impact teaching introduces field-based learning to give students direct experience with issues they are studying in the classroom. Students are provided opportunities to apply what they have learned in real-world settings and reflect critically on their service experiences.
Earn up to 30 hours of college credit during high school
Offering several innovative tracks for students to dive into their interests
Strengthens teachers with successful classroom and material strategies
Empowers K-12 newspaper, yearbook, magazine and broadcast staffs across Alabama
Growth opportunities for K-12 teachers and staff in 13 school districts and 9 counties
Incoming Honors College freshmen participate in service-learning programs
Develops parents and teachers as leaders within their school communities
Early recruitment of high school students from rural and underrepresented areas in Alabama
Resources for civic learning and democratic engagement abound at UA, providing opportunities for young minds to develop both critical thinking and practical skills that prepare today’s students to become tomorrow’s contributing members of society.
working to improve the relationships among students, law enforcement and off-campus neighbors
UA supports United Way with an annual campus-wide campaign
encourages collaboration among Shelton State Community College, Stillman College and The University of Alabama