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Campus and Community Research Collaborative

The Campus and Community Research Collaborative (CCRC) is a bi-annual, multi-disciplinary event sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Emerging Initiatives and the Office of the Provost. This faculty-driven initiative fosters opportunities to generate experiential student learning outcomes mutually benefiting research faculty and community partners. Since 2012, CCRC has enriched the quality of life of the local community by partnering with regional organizations and local agencies.

Pre-registration is required; please see registration form below.

CCRC Fall 2018 Reinforces Carnegie Classification

This fall, Campus & Community Research Collaborative (CCRC) builds upon momentum to enhance reciprocal partnerships between faculty and community organizations. This focus coincides with CCU’s first-time application for the 2020 Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement.

CCRC launches its sixth year on Wednesday, October 10 in Atheneum Hall, 105 Alford Ballroom, between 9 am – 2 pm. The drop-in event requires pre-registration at

Ameena Batada, DrPH, Associate Professor of Health & Wellness at University of North Carolina Ashville will address “Assessing Impact of Reciprocal Partnerships” as the keynote. She is a 2018 recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Fellowship and the 2018 Gulf South Summit Faculty Award for Instruction. View her complete biography at

The Campus and Community Research Collaborative (CCRC) is a faculty-driven initiative that fosters opportunities to generate experiential student learning outcomes mutually benefiting research faculty and community partners. Two breakout sessions planned. The signature of CCRC remains its speed-dating luncheon scheduled at Noon in Atheneum Hall. During this time, faculty engage with community nonprofit partners to yield dynamic student learning outcomes.

A memorial tribute is planned for Karen Maguire, Professor of Accounting. Since CCRC’s inception, her efforts benefited numerous community partners and organizations. Most recently, she presented “Incorporating Volunteer Capacity into Nonprofit Financial Reporting” during the CCRC Spring 2018 event.

According to Campus Compact, Carnegie Classifications comprise a leading framework for describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education. The Community Engagement Classification is an elective classification for which institutions may voluntarily apply to be listed.

Carnegie defines Community Engagement as the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

CCRC is supported by the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Research & Emerging Initiatives.

CCRC Fall 2018 Keynote

Ameena Batada, Ph.D. is an associate professor of health and wellness at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Dr. Batada teaches courses in health parity, health communication, global health, and community health promotion, among others.  Her research focuses on community-driven projects such as program evaluations and research for policy advocacy in the areas of food security, child and family health, health communication, and mindfulness, among others.

For the past four years, Dr. Batada has worked with the Asheville Buncombe Institute for Parity Achievement (ABIPA) on a Results-Based Accountability (RBA)-informed initiative called PRAISE, which encourages, supports, and recognizes African American churches promoting the health of their congregations.  She also is working with the Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council (ABFPC), the food security work group of the Community Health Improvement Process (CHIP) and others using RBA.  Dr. Batada also has been involved with the Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER), a national project of the National Center for Science & Civic Engagement, to engage with faculty teaching STEM courses.

Dr. Batada uses a data-to-action or research-for-advocacy approach in her community-engaged courses, working with students and community partners to identify, collect, analyze, and present data and stories to support policy change.  Projects include a survey of public bus riders that informed the advocacy campaign and subsequent extension of 8 city bus routes, a survey of people who are houseless that informed the city’s strategic plan, and observational research of tobacco marketing to youth in Henderson County that resulted in a passed Board of Health resolution to request the state to end pre-emption of local policies on the issue.

Dr. Batada is the recipient of the 2014 UNCA Community Connector Award and 2018 Gulf South Summit Faculty Award for Instruction.  In October, 2018, Dr. Batada and two colleagues will join the third cohort of Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Fellows through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

Prior to UNCA, Dr. Batada was director of education, research and outreach at Sesame Workshop India and before that child health project manager at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).  Dr. Batada holds a DrPH in population and family health sciences with a concentration in health communication from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and an MPH in maternal and child health with a certificate in international health from UNC Chapel Hill School of Global Public Health.


Breakout One: “Incorporating Volunteer Capacity into Nonprofit Financial Reporting” 

  • Karen Maguire, CCU Professor of Accounting

Breakout Two: “Entrepreneurial Resources for Nonprofits”  

  • Jan Silverman, Conway Innovation Center


Registrants may park in parking lot YY located on Highway 544, then take the Bronze shuttle which runs every 10 minutes to the Lib Jackson Student Union. To return to the parking lot, take the same Bronze shuttle. 

I will attend the entire event at the Lib Jackson Student Union, from 8:15 – 1:30
I will attend Breakouts, from 9:15 – 11:00
I will attend the Keynote, from 11:15 – 12:05
I will attend the Speed-Dating Luncheon, from 12:15 - 1:30
Please assist us in evaluating the Campus & Community Research Collaborative event by replying to this survey no later than 5pm on Tuesday, March 20th.

Responses are anonymous and will be reported in aggregate only.