Academic Community Engagement

SHSU Motto: The Measure of a Life is its Service.


Overview of ACE

Academic Community Engagement (ACE) is a teaching method that combines community engagement with academic instruction. Spearheaded by former Provost David Payne, the ACE initiative allows students to use the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to make a difference and improve life in our community by understanding their roles as community members.

Dr. Dana G. Hoyt supports the ACE initiative by stating, "At Sam Houston we strive to promote our students' intellectual, social, ethical and leadership growth, and we do this by offering civic engagement and service-learning opportunities."

Campus-wide engagement at SHSU has resulted in the creation of the American Democracy Project, the SHSU Center for Leadership and Service, and membership in Campus Compact, a national organization for civic engagement. In 2011, SHSU was recognized as a Carnegie Community Engaged campus – a designation shared with only 311 institutions of higher education in the U.S. In order to help faculty members succeed in implementing ACE initiatives, the Engaged Scholars Committee was created to support faculty in their efforts to connect learning objectives and community participation.

The ACE designation is important to the mission of SHSU and means that our students are working to make a difference in communities at the local, regional/state, national, and international level and connecting these actions course objectives. Through course related service in the last year, SHSU contributed over 500,000 hours and over $8 million dollars to community service. Student organizations and members of athletics contributed over 16,125 additional hours of service and raised over $36,000 to assist charities; the estimated economic impact of these activities is $197, 250. Through initiatives, courses, and volunteer opportunities, SHSU will continue to be a model of how community engagement is incorporated into a learning culture to make a difference in our community.

Currently over 174 courses are ACEd, representing all six colleges, the Honors College, and the First-Year Experience (UNIV 1301), have earned ACE designation.


ACE Recognition and Articles

The 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

SHSU Receives National Recognition For Community Engagement

Prof Challenges Students To Develop Strategies for Success

Computer Science Students Learn Invaluable Lesson

Service-enhanced courses to be featured on upcoming registration

Videos and Photos

Class Projects by Social Movement Course, Department of Sociology


Introduction for ACE Courses by Dr. Phillip Lyons, College of Criminal Justice

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