Campus-Community Partnership Award
Congratulations to Adrian College's Track and Explore
Winner of the 2014 Campus-Community Partnership Award
Track and Explore is an innovative partnership between Adrian College and renowned NASCAR venue Michigan International Speedway (MIS), designed to enhance education in STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The partnership is in its fourth year of existence, increasing in scope, capacity and impact since its modest beginnings as a biological survey of one small area of wetlands. The program now uses most of the Speedway’s 1,400 acres, including 900 acres of natural area, as an outdoor-education classroom for middle school students, and as a practicum for Adrian College science and education majors who conduct research, create science lessons tied to state standards, and lead environmental-science field trips at the site. Since its inception, more than 1,300 middle school students from ten schools have participated in the field trip portion of Track and Explore, with more than a dozen Adrian College students researching and giving science lessons under the supervision of three faculty members, and with the support of the Institute for Career Planning.
The Campus-Community Partnership Award recognizes one outstanding campus-community partnership that produces measurable improvements in people's lives while simultaneously enhancing higher education. The purpose of this award is to honor one partnership that has successfully demonstrated a commitment to higher education and community that has resulted in a tangible community impact. This award is designed to help increase the number and the effectiveness of other campus-community partnerships; it will also increase public awareness of and support for campus-community service programs. We hope to promote cooperation among education, community, government, and business leaders on critical social and economic issues.
- The Campus-Community Partnership Award is given biennially by Michigan Campus Compact (MiCC) to one exceptional partnership involving a Michigan college or university and a community group; the monetary prize will be divided equally between campus and community partners.
- For consideration of the award, a project and its partners must be nominated by a participating member campus.
- All campus applicants must be Michigan Campus Compact member institutions in good standing.
- To be eligible for the award, partnerships must have been in operation for two or more years.
- Winning partnerships of the Carter Partnership or the Campus-Community Partnership Award are not eligible to re-apply.
- Submission of this application indicates that the partners will allow the information contained herein to be used in the development of promotional material for the Campus-Community Partnership Award.
- The contact people identified in the application are expected to attend the award presentation ceremony if their project is selected as a finalist.
- All finalists were required to present their partnerships during a panel session at the Civic Engagement Institute.
- The winner of the award was recognized at an award ceremony held in conjunction with the 16thCivic Engagement Institute, which took place the evening of February 3rd, 2014 at Grand Valley State University's Pew Campus.
Questions about the award can be directed to:
Shelley Long, Network Coordinator
2012 Campus-Community Partnership Winner
||Kirtland Community College and River House, Inc. Collaborative Partnership - River House, Inc. is a one stop resource (and shelter) for victims of domestic and sexual violence and homelessness. The partnership between KCC and RHI helps to provide service learning opportunities for students while enhancing River House services in the region. The partnership began with a series of meetings, and has been recognized nationally as an exemplary model of college/community partnerships.
2012 Honorable Mentions
- Madonna University (Madonna) and the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit
- The Student Leader Fellowship Program at Northern Michigan University and the Community of Marquettte
2009 Carter Partnership Award - About the winner
2009 Carter Partnership Award Winner
2009 Carter Partnership Award Finalists
2009 Carter Parthership Award Sponsors
2008 Carter Partnership Award Winner
2008 Carter Partnership Award Sponsors
2007 Carter Partnership Award Sponsors
Letter from Founder & President