A Brief History of MSU's Office of the Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement

Time Period What Happened?

University begins phasing out Lifelong Education Programs unit and refocusing on an emerging broader understanding of the institution's knowledge extension and application activities


W. K. Kellogg Foundation awards Michigan State University a $10.2 million grant to support an institution-wide realignment process aimed at broadening, strengthening, and more fully integrating outreach as a primary mission of each of its major academic units


Office of University Outreach is established and Vice Provost for Outreach is appointed


Definition of outreach is advanced by Provost's Committee


Faculty committee releases Points of Distinction: A Guidebook for Planning and Evaluating Quality Outreach


Mission of the Office of University Outreach is changed, and name is changed to Office of the Assistant Provost for University Outreach (UO). Reporting units are Outreach Partnerships, Outreach Advancement, and Academic Service Learning, as well as the Wharton Center for Performing Arts

University revises its Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure Action forms to encourage the reporting of scholarly outreach and engagement, referencing Points of Distinction


Estate and Wealth Strategies Institute is transferred to UO


UO name is changed to University Outreach and Engagement (UOE)


UOE Outreach and Engagement Measurement Instrument is implemented university-wide

UOE Communication and Information Technology is established

UOE Usability/Accessibility Research Collaborative is established

UOE/MSU Detroit Partnerships at YouthVille is established

UOE Cultural Engagement Council for the Promotion of Arts and Cultural Resources is established


UOE National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement is established

MSU Museum (Cultural and Natural History) is transferred to UOE

MSU hosts national conference on Benchmarking University Engagement

MSU hosts annual International K-H Service-Learning Research Conference


UOE Community Evaluation Research Collaborative is established

MSU inaugurates university-wide award for community engagement scholarship

MSU is awarded the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification through 2014


Center for Community and Economic Development is transferred to UOE


UOE establishes sustained partnership with Lansing's Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC)

MSU receives the President's Award for Higher Education Community Service

MSU hosts inaugural Michigan Pre-College and Youth Outreach Conference


UOE Arts and Cultural Initiatives is established


Michigan Science Olympiad State Tournament is transferred to UOE


MSU Detroit Center is transferred to UOE

Estate and Wealth Strategies Institute is de-commissioned

MSU hosts annual National Outreach Scholarship Conference


Julian Samora Research Institute is transferred to UOE


MSU Office of Gifted and Talented Education is transferred to UOE

MSU receives the Michigan Campus Compact Engaged Campus of the Year Award


MSU is awarded the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification through 2025

MSU hosts inaugural Innovations in Collaborative Modeling Conference

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