Better Understanding the Community Value of a University Service-learning Engagement Project

APA Kansas Chapter


Friday, October 20, 2017
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. CDT

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Our presentation explores the community value of a university service-learning engagement project in a Kansas community. We do this through analysis of a student-driven planning project in the City of Emporia’s Peter Pan Park during the spring of 2017.


During the 2017 spring semester the City of Emporia worked with two classes from Kansas State University’s department of Landscape Architecture and Regional and Community Planning to explore opportunities to re-design a large, but underutilized, community park so that it can better serve a growingly diverse population. This process included two public meetings where attendees were surveyed to assess their understanding and perception of working with students on such a project. Most research on service-learning is from the student perspective, not the community’s, with a few exceptions. Our presentation deepens this discourse by exploring the perceived value, with possible trade-offs, of a university service-learning engagement project in a Kansas community.



Huston Gibson

Invited Speaker

Associate Professor Department of Landscape Arch. And Regional & Community Planning College of Architecture, Planning and Design Kansas State University Manhattan, KS 66506 Biography: Huston Gibson holds a PhD in Planning and has been teaching planning courses at the graduate level since 2009. Prior to academia Dr. Gibson spent time working ... Read More

Joe Foster

Invited Speaker

Title, Organization: Planner, City of Emporia Location: City of Emporia, Emporia, Kansas Biography: Joe received his Master of Regional and Community Planning in 2015 from Kansas State. He is currently the City Planning and Zoning Department, Floodplain Manager, and handles historic preservation for City of Emporia. Read More

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