Katherine McCormick on UK’s Community Engagement Classification – an interview with Carl Nathe on “UK at the Half”

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Click on the image above to download the .mp3 file of the interview with Dr. McCormick

Did you hear the UK@TheHalf segment on Saturday, January 31st – during the University of Alabama at UK game? It featured Dr. Katherine McCormick, Professor in the Department of Early Childhood Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling in the College of Education. Dr. McCormick is also the Stuckert Endowed Professor for Service Learning and is now spending nearly a third of her time here in the Division of Undergraduate Education’s Academy for Undergraduate Excellence to promote the best pedagogies and research strategies in service learning at UK.

Dr. Katherine McCormick

Dr. Katherine McCormick

The interview is part of the University’s celebration of our re-classification with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as one of the elite group of institutions in the nation who qualified for the Community Engagement classification. The Carnegie Foundation’s definition of community engagement can be found on their website here. The University of Kentucky first was classified in 2006 and 2008 by the Carnegie Foundation for  exemplary work in Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships. See more on this at UKnow (8 January 2015) and in past UGE Bluegrass Blade posts, here and here.

Here’s the transcript of the interview (courtesy of UKnow, 4 February 2015) below. Thank you and congratulations, Dr. McCormick!

“UK @ the Half” Host, Carl Nathe: The University of Kentucky has been selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive the 2015 community engagement classification.
Dr. Katherine McCormick: The idea is that your learning is enriched, is more powerful and more meaningful to our students if they can apply it. And to apply it to a community identified need is a terribly powerful learning experience.
Nathe: That’s Katherine McCormick, a professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Kentucky’s College of Education. McCormick chaired a campus wide committee in a year-long effort to earn the classification, which is valid for 10 years, until 2025.
McCormick: Students who engage in work that’s meaningful — that’s impactful — learn better, are retained longer and are more successful. They’re not just successful in their academic careers but when they leave UK, they are better citizens. They are more likely to be active in Chamber of Commerce, they’re more likely to be active in a nonprofit, either as a volunteer or as an organizer. This idea of giving back to a community is a long term, a lifelong benefit.
Nathe: In awarding UK its community engagement classification, the Carnegie Foundation noted the University’s excellent alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement.
McCormick: When commissions are put together, when their efforts initiatives that are between a university or an institution of higher education and a local or national problem, these will be the colleges and universities that are called on to meet that.
Nathe: From UK’s 18 colleges and professional schools, to the initiatives lead by its students and from the faculty and staff’s creative interventions to UK’s efforts in supporting schools, community organizations, and regional work force programs, it is clear that UK and the people of the commonwealth are vitally linked.
McCormick: Students today are interested in other people. We know that when you do this kind of work that students grow in their discipline, they grow as people and they grow as citizens. And that’s I think is one of those larger missions of a university. That’s the part that I think is exciting.
Nathe: Earning 2015 Community Engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation, the University of Kentucky is continuing to demonstrate its enduring commitment of values birthed in its land grant heritage. Seeing blue, I’m Carl Nathe with UK at the Half.

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