High Impact Learning & Community Engagement

Here is a video produced by Kaleb Hart when he was a student at PSU and an intern for the Center for Rural Partnerships working with Dr. Thad Guldbrandsen. This documentary depicts an academic service learning initiative in the art department where art students in Tom Driscoll’s class produced murals for the Brown Company building in Berlin, NH. The initiative was funded by the Center for Rural Partnerships, Coos County Outreach Initiative, and the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

What does engagement mean at PSU?

Engagement is an important aspect of the Plymouth State University experience.  The Office of Research and Engagement provides support in developing purposeful service learning projects for students.  Service learning is a powerful tool that combines formal academic instruction, with a meaningful service experience.  This type of learning engages the complete person.  It requires reflection and inspires a deeper level of self-awareness.  Through service, students gain new perspectives through applying academic curriculum in practical settings. Service learning creates opportunities for students to develop unique skill sets and learn how to contribute them in order to build a better society.






Engaged Learning Tool

Several offices on campus are devoted to supporting service learning, student research, community service, internships, and other high impact educational practices.  Click here to figure out which office can best serve you now.

Stories and data about our students’ and faculty members activities is valuable to PSU in many ways.  We need your stories to market the institution and let prospective studies know what to expect when they come here.  We are called to report about high impact educational process for accreditation, the Board of Trustees, and other public audiences.  Share your stories by clicking here. Thank you! 


Quick Links:

Plymouth Service Learning Initiative
PSU Service Learning Task Force PDF

Campus Compact for New Hampshire

Community Research Experience



Contact Us

Center for Business and Community Partnerships

Ben Amsden
Director of the Center for Business and Community Partnerships
(603) 535-3276