UMass Boston, and a growing number of universities around the world, participate in a variety of community engaged partnership activities. These can include instructional, research, creative, service, or community-engaged economic development activities. More specifically, these activities can be described as:
- Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning can include credit or non-credit bearing academic programs or learning activities conducted for public understanding.
- Community-Engaged Research and Creative Activities attempt to address problems experienced within society and can be funded or unfunded activities associated with nonprofit, governmental, foundation, community groups or individuals, or private entities.
- Community-Engaged Service includes client and patient-directed care (e.g. clinical services), technical assistance, or direct community service not associated with academic programming.
- Community-Engaged Economic Development includes research on the economy at the macro and micro levels, workforce development, business development, and assistance and support of university and industry research that can have commercial application.