Community & Friends



UNCG faculty, staff, and students are committed to working collaboratively to address pressing issues in our communities. We do this by engaging communities via teaching, research, creative activities, and service. Indeed, it is our authentic engagement that attracts students, faculty, and staff to our university.

In an effort to do a better job communicating our stories, and, where appropriate, connecting faculty, staff, and community partners around shared community-identified priorities and passions, UNCG is launching Collaboratory®*, a publicly searchable, web-based database. This tool helps us understand who, what, where, and how our faculty, staff, students and community partners are working together to align strengths with priorities for shared learning and mutual benefit. YOU are part of ensuring our whole story is shared!

Our Collaboratory collects information on your curricular-based community engagement activities and related partners/sites, as well as data on any public (engaged) scholarship, community-based research, outreach programs, community service and co-curricular activities that utilize community engagement principles, practices, and/or pedagogies.

Take a few minutes now to explore Collaboratory to learn about what your colleagues are up to — and create your own account to foster collaborations!

*Collaboratory builds off an online database created by UNCG’s Institute of Community and Economic Engagement (ICEE) and licensed to TreeTop Commons, LLC in 2013, now allowing for a national database to further the practice and scholarship of community engagement.

Benefits of Collaboratory

Together we will:

  • Build a comprehensive story about UNCG’s community engagement (e.g., community-engaged research, curricular and co-curricular programs, outreach, partnerships),
  • Identify opportunities to create synergy and foster collaboration around our communities’ most pressing issues moving from individual to collective practices rooted in community-identified priorities and strengths,
  • Attract and recruit competitive community-engaged students and faculty,
  • Support avenues to honors and recognition like the Carnegie classification by showing the pervasiveness and depth of our engagement, and
  • Support fundraising and development efforts that align with UNCG’s mission and vision.

Top four things the Collaboratory™ will do for Faculty and Schools

  • Tell you who is doing what, where, with whom and for what purpose: sponsored research, student involvement, public events, length and focus of partnerships, and more.
  • Promote greater interdisciplinary collaboration and coherence.
  • Leverage the knowledge and expertise of faculty to increase funding, resources, and support.
  • Illustrate the role of faculty, staff, students, Centers/Institutes, and initiatives in community-engaged work in order to evaluate and internally recognize community engaged activities.

Types of Data Collected in an Activity

  • Partners
    • Community partners
    • Campus partners (e.g., colleges, departments, centers, institutes)
    • UNCG faculty and staff partners
    • Other higher education institutions
  • Course number, name, and format
  • Student involvement type and estimate of hours
  • Issues being addressed (e.g., education, health, environment)
  • Populations served
  • Location
  • Funding
  • Intended and achieved outcomes (i.e., institutional outcomes, student outcomes, scholarly outcomes, public service outcomes)

Collaboratory in Context

Read about ICEE’s licensing agreement with TreeTop Commons here.

Read about ICEE’s designers of Collaboratory here

Read about ICEE’s role in Collaboratory’s international database and research program here.


Email Lori Kniffin,, or Emily Janke,, or call (336) 334-4661, or visit our FAQ page.