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About the Anchor University Inititiave


To initiate the anchor mission, a 50-member Task Force was established in fall of 2018 and charged to conduct a comprehensive review of the University’s existing community engagement efforts, conduct an assessment of community needs, and make recommendations on an organizational infrastructure that would develop and support the University’s anchor mission.

To undertake its work, the Task Force sought input from stakeholders internal and external to the University through community and faculty convenings and electronic surveys. The convenings informed our community and campus about the anchor initiative, solicited input and insights about how we should move forward as an Anchor University, and suggested priorities of action for deepening the University’s engagement with Sacramento and its residents. Two of the convenings were held in the community and a third was held on campus.

Finally, the Task Force also completed a cross-sector literature review to identify those issues that are of collective concern within Sacramento. Findings from all of these data sources were incorporated into an Anchor University Task Force Report presented to President Robert Nelsen in late August 2019.

Task Force Full Report

Community Report Summary

Task Force Recommendations

The Task Force recommended that Sacramento State align its organizational commitments, core teaching functions, research, service, and campus operations to create an enduring mechanism that supports institutionalized community engagement efforts across all units and divisions of the campus. The report suggested more than 60 recommendations broadly broken into the following categories.

  1. Organizational Commitments
    1.1 Presidential/Cabinet‐level leadership
    1.2 Central Infrastructure & Funding
    1.3 Anchor University Advisory Council
    1.4 Align University’s Strategic Plan, Institutional Policies & Practices with an anchor mission
  2. Core Functions
    2.1 Curricular Community Engagement
    2.2 Co‐Curricular Community Engagement
    2.3 Research & Creative Activities
    2.4 Service
  3. Institutional Operations
    3.1 Hiring, recruitment, and orientation
    3.2 Community Partners
    3.3 External Communications
    3.4 Internal Communications
    3.5 Administration and Business Affairs

Full List of Recommendations