Under this model, students conduct research to assess or meet community needs. Here are some examples:
- Co-curricular service: A student organization interviews gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender (GLBT) students to record their stories of treatment by medical personnel.
- Service-learning: Economics students conduct a survey for the City of Benson to determine why people leave town to go shopping and what non-existent retail options or other changes would keep people in town.
- Internship: A student interviews Spanish-speaking clients of the local hospital to determine how well their medical needs are being met locally.
- Engaged research: A psychology professor completes a study conducted in a multicultural psychology class about attitudes of parents toward diversity issues; she writes a report for the school, as requested, but also uses the survey data in a study for an academic journal.
- Institutional engagement: After completing a study about the best placement for a second campus wind turbine, the community is invited to a forum to learn about the research and weigh in .