Public Service and Outreach Commission
Rebecca Kneedler, Chair
Presentation to the Board of Visitors
October 15, 1999
Where We Are
A.We Have Identified the Following Goals and Needs
B.We Have Identified a Common, Operational Definition -- "Public Service" is the application of scholarly knowledge and professional expertise to the economic, health, civic, and educational needs of the public.
C.We Are Studying Benchmark Institutions/Aspiration Groups-- Through surveys, interviews, literature reviews, and visits, we are examining Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, Georgetown, Georgia, Michigan, Penn, Penn State, Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin.
D.We Are Creating An Inventory of UVA -- Working closely with the Coordinator of Public Service, we have identified over 300 public service projects and programs. We have been surprised at the magnitude, variety, and history of these activities. They are present in every school throughout the University, extend services to every county in Virginia, and many have been operating for a decade or two. Areas of particular strengths have emerged, such as health care; service to local governments and civic involvement; and education, particularly services to K-12 students and teachers. We are well ahead of our public and self-perceptions, and we compare better than we had anticipated to our aspiration group of institutions.
E.We Are Creating A New Public Service Web Gateway and Searchable Database -- Working closely with the Coordinator of Public Service, we are creating a retrievable database of programs, resources, and services organized around geographical regions, interest areas, and special audiences. This will be available to the public in spring, 2000.
F.We Are Working in Five Exploratory Groups -- In order to study in greater depth, we have organized around the following issues. The groups have also been meeting informally with additional individuals and focus groups regarding public needs and these topics.
1. University-wide Strategic Planning
2. Public Relations and Communication
3. Administrative Organizations and Structure
4. Volunteer Services
5. Faculty Rewards and Recognition
II. Where Were Going