Pathway 3

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Achieve Social Impact

Social impact is important to CWRU.  To achieve a deeper impact, we must disseminate our research and teaching much more widely beyond our campus, and we must embark on meaningful partnerships to do so. To increase our external student and faculty activities, we must redefine our relationship with industry and how we partner with external entities to distribute our educational assets.  We must become a more distributed university by extending access to our classrooms and scholarship to communities that did not have such access in the past.  This will extend a broad impact of our students beyond our traditional boundaries through their co-curriculum activities.

Draft Goal, Objectives, Outcomes & Measures

In the fall of 2019, the Think Big team unveiled a DRAFT goal, objectives, outcomes and measures. Please review the DRAFT below and submit your comments using our online form.

Goal: Create social good through robust engagement of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff with the local and global community.

Objective Desired Outcomes Draft Measures
3-1: External Partnerships. Engage in meaningful partnerships with an array of industry and non-profit organizations to advance knowledge creation, from the local to the global Numerous relationships result in increased partner investments in research at CWRU, generation of high impact student projects, and student career engagement.
  • Partnership dollar investments at CWRU
  • Career tracks for student involvement
  • Significant increase in deep and sustained faculty partnerships
3-2: Local Engagement. Act local for global impact by significantly improving the mental, physical, legal, and financial health of Cleveland and East Cleveland Reduced rates of infant mortality, opioid abuse, hypertension and other negative health indicators, and decreased poverty, inequality, and structural racism in our surrounding communities are attributed to CWRU educational programs and research innovations.
  • Meaningful faculty, staff, student engagement in CLE and East CLE programs
  • Economic & workforce development investments
  • Research programs tackling community needs
  • Neighborhood programs/engagements on campus
3-3: Experiential Learning. Increase the number of opportunities for students to translate their knowledge into positive social impact across the world A significant percentage of the entire student body regularly engages with and in the community (locally and globally) on social impact projects through classroom assignments, volunteer activities, and intern opportunities.
  • At least x% of students are engaged annually in social impact projects. 
  • Numbers of classes that include social impact projects
3-4: Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Accelerate the adoption of a culture of translating innovation as well as engaging in entrepreneurial thinking, acting, and doing CWRU becomes known internationally as an institution that values an entrepreneurial culture among its faculty, staff and students, including the practice of translating research and new knowledge into society.
  • Increase by 20% in faculty, staff, student, alumni start-ups
  • Increase in $ raised by start ups
  • Increase in patents and licenses

Updated 10/18/2019