edu/dept/academic-affairs/">Academic Affairs Academic Calendar Academic Community Engagement (ACE) Academic Planning and Assessment What is Academic Community Engagement? Academic Community Engagement (ACE) is a teaching method that combines community engagement with academic instruction. The ACE initiative allows students to use the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to make a difference and improve life in our community by understanding their roles as community members.Academic Community Engagement Building communities that thrive in the Capital Region and beyond.” We believe that every student has the responsibility to engage with the communities in which we live, whether locally in Pittsburgh, nationally, or internationally. Some students think of community service as being something that is IN ADDITION to what they are doing academically and are reluctant to engage because they do not have time outside their studies. However, the UHC promotes academic community engagement.Academic and Community Engagement (ACE) has grown from a small staff with the founding Siena College AmeriCorps VISTA Fellows Program to nine staff members and more than 200 students and 30 postgraduates involved in community engagement initiatives. Opportunities for undergraduates to engage with the community have grown. ACE now offers a Certificate in Community Development as well as new fellowship and leadership opportunities.The Academic Community Engagement (ACE) program provides support for faculty members who wish to engage students in service to local communities in ways that enhance their learning. Community-based learning courses and activities can be incorporated at any level of the curriculum, from freshman to capstone to graduate, and in any discipline across the schools. Vision An engaged academic curriculum — one that integrates and acknowledges the value of community knowledge to strengthen student learning while employing student competencies to address community-defined needs.