"If you have a university in your community, the first question you should be asking
when a problem surfaces is,
I wonder how our university can help us."
— Michael G. Gartner, Keynote Speaker, International Town and Gown Association's Annual Conference
In 2013, West Chester University announced its plan for the next decade in a document entitled, "Building on Excellence," to strengthen campus understanding of the meaning and value of external engagement and its impact on student learning and academic excellence. The Center for Community Solutions (CCS) is a community-university partnership and has been created to formally expand upon the positive impact the university has already had in the community. These collaborations will extend the University's impact within its home region, attract new resources to advance learning and community well-being, and focus on the pursuit of the public good.