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Goal 6Build Strong Civic and Community Relationships

Objective A

Expand and promote Continuing Education programs and related events

Build on and promote existing successful Continuing Education programs and summer camps/offerings. Develop self-supporting base for Continuing Education.

Met through a variety of programs/planning groups including:

  • State of Region reports
  • Public Service Week
  • American Education Week
  • Community Music program (A&L), the Executive Development Center programs (CBPA), and Dental Hygiene opportunities (CoHS).
  • Programs for educators, through the DCOE.
  • Programs offered through the Office of Community Engagement.
  • Other offerings available through colleges and units on campus.
  • Partnership with Chrysler Museum for glass-blowing classes
  • First partner (with Dominion Power) for Rooftop Solar Power Installation program
  • Task Force to explore alignment of continuing education programming

Objective B

Partner with community colleges for expanded workforce development in the region.

Build on and expand existing articulation agreements between ODU and the VCCS.

Additional and refined articulation and program agreements, including:

  • Distance Learning and NVCC's Extended Learning Institute partnerships and program offerings.
  • Partners in Progress plan, established to identify best practices in articulation and program agreements.

Objective C

Create a dynamic community-university relationship that uses community experts as instructors and ODU personnel as experts to help solve community problems.

Part I: Upgrade faculty/staff expertise online profile. Encourage community experts to be more engaged with ODU as instructors, speakers and program leaders on campus.

  • Continued enhancement of the Faculty Activity System (FAS).
  • Faculty training in each college.

Examples of faculty engaged in community efforts:

  • Criminal justice faculty working with courts and police precincts.
  • Foreign language faculty offering translation services to external entities.
  • Faculty in finance partnering with an engineering group to create Emergent Risk Initiative (ERI).
  • Climate Change/Sea Level Rise Initiative.
  • Hampton Roads Residential Market Review launched by real estate faculty.
  • DCOE faculty and student provided approximately 280,000 service hours to area schools, agencies and wellness facilities during the 2011-12 academic year.

Part II: Provide students with meaningful experiential learning, service learning, and internship programs with civic engagement emphasis.

Student involvement in:

  • Public Service Week.
  • Women's Studies Service Learning Initiative.
  • Increase of 236% of internship experiences in nonprofits (from 2008-09 to 2011-12).
  • 18% increase in community service (2008-09 to 2011-12).

Objective D

Achieve national recognition as an engaged metropolitan university.

Part I: Apply for and receive Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement

  • Virginia Housing Development Authority $2.5 million grant allocated to the ODU Community Development Corporation for the Community Homeownership Revitalization program.
  • Growing popularity of football within the community; rise of football and other athletic programs to Conference USA
  • President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognized Old Dominion University for second consecutive year. Key highlights of this achievement included 376,234 student service hours and 54,000 faculty/staff service hours over the past year.
  • ODU plans to apply for Community Engagement classification in 2014.

Part II: Increase private giving to supplement state support to the University.

  • CBPA growth of endowed professorships, corporate sponsorship, and college endowments since 2008-09.
  • DCOE: Nearly 75% increase in gifts and pledges from 2011 to 2012.


  • Total gifts, pledges, and expectations: increase of 148% from 2008-09 to 2011-12-at $30,500,034.
  • Endowment size; growth of 23% from 2008-2009 to 2011-12-at $168.1 million.