Carnegie Foundation Designation

In 2010, NSU earned the prestigious, elective Carnegie Foundation Designation as a Community Engaged Institution in both categories: “Curricular Engagement” and “Outreach and Partnerships”.  Click below to learn more.

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Survey Reports

NSU completes an annual assessment of our community collaboration affiliates. The results are shared with NSU leadership and the academic and administrative/support units in order to improve the quality of our service in the community. The 2010 Community Survey report can be viewed at this link.

Please view the 2012 Community Affiliate survey and Power Point Executive summary

Please view the executive summary of the 2013 Community Affiliates Survey

Institutional and Community Engagement

About Community Engagement

The primary objective of the Office of Institutional and Community Engagement (ICE) is to facilitate, coordinate, and document the implementation of NSU’s institutional and community initiatives and to direct and disseminate information about the systematic, integrated processes that assess them. The Office provides resources and assistance to students, faculty, administration and staff of Nova Southeastern University as well as to NSU’s community affiliates.

Who Are We

Barbara Packer-Muti, EdD is the Executive Director of Institutional and Community Engagement at Nova Southeastern University (NSU).  She has worked at NSU for 28 years in a variety of capacities, including Dean of Academic Affairs at the Fischler School of Education (FSE), Director of the Applied Research Center at FSE and Director of Doctoral Studies in Audiology and Speech-Language at FSE.  Dr. Packer-Muti holds faculty rank at the NSU and teaches coursework at FSE as well as in the Institute for Health and Human Services as well as serving as dissertation chairs for doctoral students in FSE and in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.  Dr. Packer-Muti has been a volunteer Guardian ad Litem in the 17th Judicial Circuit Court, Broward County for 7 years and is passionate about the children for whom she advocates.  She is a graduate of Douglass College, Rutgers University, of Teachers College, Columbia University and earned her doctoral degree at NSU.


Nicholas Pascucci, B.S. is the Administrative Coordinator to Dr. Packer-Muti in the Office of Institutional and Community Engagement.  He is currently working on his MBA with a concentration in Human Resources.  Nicholas is a retired veteran serving over 20 years in the United States Coast Guard.  He is also a high school basketball coach with strong ties to the community.  He is extremely passionate about ensuring student athletes have an opportunity to continue their education in order to obtain a better life.  Nicholas organizes basketball camps for inner-city students giving them the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of college coaches.  He has helped a plethora of student athletes obtain a college degree; a few of his players are in the NBA or playing professional overseas. 


What We Do