Academic Community Engagement

What is Academic Community Engagement?

Academic Community Engagement (ACE) is a teaching method that combines community engagement with academic instruction. This pedagogy encourages students to use the skills, knowledge, and dispositions learned in the classroom to collaborate with community partners in making a difference in society. SHSU offers hundreds of ACE courses within an academic year.

ACE Infographic
ACE Circle

Examples of ACE Experiences

  • Foaling Practicum students work in partnership with Birdsong Farms to provide foal watch and assist with the foaling.
  • Technical Writing students partnered with the Houston Police Department to create standard operating procedures, a white paper on operations and marketing materials for the unit. The Geographical Information Systems (GIS) unit continues to use the resulting products.
  • Photography students partner with nonprofit organizations to take photos and educate the community about the organization’s work. One semester students photographed animals in costume and took candid shots and their photos were featured in SHSU’s satellite gallery and in the local newspaper.