ACOM Attribute

ACOM Attribute

The Office of Academic Community Engagement proposes the creation of an Academic Community Engagement attribute (ACOM) that would be applied at the individual class level. This attribute is essential for the following reasons:

  1. It completes one step in the broader Strategic Plan goal of moving Siena into “National Significance” with regard to its service programs.
  2. It is essential to Siena to track our students academically linked service work for assessment including Middle States; classifications and national recognitions like the Carnegie Endowment for Higher Education Classification for University-Community Engagement and the President’s National Service Honor Role.
  3. It is a foundational component of our ability to build towards a more complete Community Engagement transcript and e-portfolio for Siena students.
  4. It creates a more uniform campus standard and vocabulary around academic service learning courses.
  5. It will bring Siena into alignment with established best-practice in assessing, tracking, and reporting on academic community engagement curricula.



Criterion for evaluating if a course may hold the ACOM attribute:

  • Community Driven - The course involves engagement in the life of a community beyond the classroom, and ideally outside of the academic community, on a problem/project/challenge identified as important by the community and/or a community partner agency;
  • Reflection - The course involves structured reflection that provides students with the opportunity to explore the academic, personal, and civic value of the community engagement experience. Best practice in structured reflection includes the use of chronicle reflection, analytic reflection, and integrative reflection assignments;
  • Sustainability - The course involves some examination of the systemic roots of community challenges and active student/faculty participation in sustainably addressing the expressed community need.
  • Academic Rigor - The course/instructor utilizes academic community engagement pedagogy as a primary means of accomplishing at least some of the course learning objectives through application of academic skills and competencies to community challenges.
  • Public Dissemination - The product of the class is returned to the public in a meaningful way.

ACE Learning Goals

ACE Learning Goals
  1. (System) Articulate and utilize a systemic analysis of the root causes and consequences of poverty and other forms of social marginality.­­ (SCLG 1; LALG 2; CEVR 2)
  2. (Context) Compare and contrast situational differences by region, state, nation, historical context, etc. that give rise to the unique systemic circumstances within which communities and community members construct meaningful lives. (SCLG 4 ; LALG 1; CEVR 2)
  3. (Strategy) Identify potential points of entry for individual and community action to address systemic challenges and develop organizational and community strategies for change. (SCLG 6 ; LALG 5; CEVR 2)
  4. (Innovation) Craft disciplinarily informed, innovative and effective action steps for positive change in the community. (SCLG 4 ; LALG 3; CEVR 5)
  5. (Advocacy) Advocate for the importance of community engagement by all community members and for the importance of socially-just social systems. (SCLG 2; LALG 3; CEVR 6)
  6. (Leadership) Facilitate, empower, and when needed lead others effectively.. (SCLG 2, 6; LALG 5; CEVR 6)
  7. (Organization) Build sustainable community partnerships between organizations. (SCLG 5; LALG 2; CEVR 6)
  8. (Justice) Critically describe the role power plays in preserving the status quo and might play in moving towards a more just system. (SCLG 6; LALG 5; CEVR 3)
  9. (Franciscan) Approach community engagement from a vocational perspective that demonstrates Franciscan values.(SCLG 3; LALG 6; CEVR 1)
  10. (Professional) Demonstrate commitment to and competence in professionalism.


SCLG = Siena College Learning Goal
LALG = School of Liberal Arts Learning Goal
CEVR = Association of American Colleges and Universities Civic Engagement Values Rubric

Adding the ACOM Attribute

Adding the ACOM Attribute

The attribute can be added permanently. This will require a BOI proposal that can be done with the support of ACE.

The attribute can be temporarily added to a specific section of a class. In that case, the instructor of record should work with the Director of Community Engaged Teaching and Learning.

  • Syllabus: Syllabus clearly demonstrates implementation of assignments and experiences designed to meet the five evaluation criterion above.
  • Partner: Evidence of community partnership
  • Temporary Attribute Form: ​see ACOM Guide for this form.

Faculty interested in the ACOM attribute should contact Ruth Kassel

Sample ACOM Courses

Sample ACOM Courses

This list is a sampling of past ACOM classes in different disciplines.


Dr. Paul Thurston

  • MGMT 211 Management Principles
  • MKMG 425 Leading Organizational Change
  • MGMT 336 Mgt Research Methods

Dr. Andrea Smith-Hunter

  • MGMT Management Principles 211

Dr. Erik Eddy

  • COMD 300 Community Research & Consulting

Dr. Cheryl Buff

  • MRKT 332 New Product Dev + Brand Management

Creative Arts

Scott Foster

  • CREA 460 Figure Studio

Dr. Denise Massman

  • CREA 145 Intro to Theatre Design


Dr. Michelle Liptak

  • WRIT 240 Peer Tutoring in Writing

First Year Seminar

John Harden

  • FYSM 100/101: Community Engagement

Dr. Michelle Liptack

  • FYSM 100/101: Crossing Borders

Dr. Elizabeth Redkey

  • FYSM 100/101: Leadership


Dr. Sudarat Musikawong

  • SOCI 320 Urban Sociology
  • SOCI 385 Topic in Sociology


Dr. Jennifer Dorsey

  • HIST 485 Public History
  • HIST 327 New York State History
  • HIST 480 Internship In History

Dr. Tim Cooper

  • HIST 401 Colloquium in History


Dr. Marcela Garces

  • SPAN 370 Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition

Dr. Lisette Balabarca

  • SPAN 450 Don Quixote

Environmental Studies

Dr. Kate Meierdiercks

  • ENVA 460 Environmental Applications
  • ENVA 400 Advanced GIS

Womens Studies

Dr. Shannon O’Neill

  • WSTU 300 Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Healthy Relationships Fall 2011


Dr. Karen Boswell

  • PSYC 490 Psychology Seminar - Addiction
  • PSYC 285 Cross-Cultural Psychology


Dr. Ashley Provencher

  • ECON 300 Economics Of Crime

Dr. Arindam Mandal

  • ECON 490 Economics Of Discrimination

ACOM Attribute Resource Packet

ACOM Attribute Resource Guide

Learn all about the ACOM Attribute by viewing our ACOM Attribute Resource Guide. Inside you will find information about the Office of Academic Community Engagement and examples and procedures for assigning the ACOM attribute to a course.

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