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The Continuous Improvement Plan for Drake University calls upon all of us to strengthen our strategic engagement with community partners.

Drake University partners with a variety of external organizations and intentionally seeks to build mutually beneficial partnerships that work toward collective community and/or organizational impact. Community Partners may be public, community-based, private, an industry business or academic organization working at the individual, neighborhood and city, regional, state, national, or international levels. Partners 

The following are the most common ways we partner: 

Service-Learning & Civic Engagement projects are intended to prepare educated and engaged citizens, strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility, address critical societal issues, build capacity within organizations and/or contribute to the public good. Community ‘voice’ is central to the planning and implementation of projects and identifying community needs emphasizes the inclusion of individuals served by local agencies, residents and other community stakeholders. Visit the Community Engaged Learning site for specific ways to partner.

Economic & Workforce Development projects are helping meet today's workforce challenges by developing tomorrow's leaders and position the university as a catalyst for the local economy. Mutually supported business incubation, student and alumni exposure to professional development, experiential learning, mentorship and job opportunities are possible foci for our partnership.

Internationalization & Global Engagement projects build institutional capacity and advance global and cross-cultural initiatives that connect Drake University with the world. Global partnerships enhance student mobility, both incoming and outgoing, faculty exchange, and joint research and programming through unique curricular and co-curricular offerings. Global partnerships improve cultural understanding and increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff at Drake University and its partner locations in order to serve as a bridge to other cultures.

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