Pursuing Opportunities through Partnerships: Higher Education and Communities

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In 1998, the W.W. Kellogg Foundation provided funding for four universities to collaborate with surrounding communities on mutually beneficial projects, through the Expanding Community Partnerships Program. In a series of innovative learning collaborations, East Tennessee University, the University of Texas at El Paso, West Virginia University, and Northeastern University established strong, sustainable partnerships with organizations in their local communities. Although each university approached its partnering ...

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Overview

In 1998, the W.W. Kellogg Foundation provided funding for four universities to collaborate with surrounding communities on mutually beneficial projects, through the Expanding Community Partnerships Program. In a series of innovative learning collaborations, East Tennessee University, the University of Texas at El Paso, West Virginia University, and Northeastern University established strong, sustainable partnerships with organizations in their local communities. Although each university approached its partnering differently, they all shared the goal of benefiting the underserved communities where they are located and transforming their institutions by enhancing students’ educational experiences and strengthening faculty, student, administration, and staff relationships with local residents. This book shares those relationship-building experiences of the four universities and communities. Highly recommended for all public and higher education administrators; for students and teachers of education, business, and sociology; and for those interested in innovative business and social-service models.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780937058930
  • Publisher: West Virginia University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 15
Preface 17
Acknowledgments 21
Pt. 1 About the program 23
Background and overview to the expanding community partnerships program
Pt. 2 East Tennessee State University 37
Hearing that whistle : one dean's observations on the community partnerships program 39
The winding road to community partnerships in Appalachia : a faculty perspective 47
Community-based graduate assistants : integral partners in community-university settings 61
Creating the bridge : the community's view of expanding community partnerships 75
From idiosyncrasy to illustration : transformational change through community partnerships 87
Pt. 3 West Virginia University 97
Structural design of the expanding community partnerships program at WVU 99
Increasing faculty engagement using community-based pedagogy 113
Service learning makes a difference in the lives of students 125
Expanding community capacity with academic partners 135
Assessing the impact of the expanding community partnerships program 145
Pt. 4 Northeastern University 159
Partnerships in education : bridging the university and the community 161
The faculty experience in Northeastern's partnerships in education 175
"Charles Street, how you feelin'?" : students respond to community partnership experiences 189
The view from the community 201
Re-imagining the calling of the academy 213
Pt. 5 University of Texas at El Paso 223
Border stories : university-community partnerships in El Paso and Ciudad Juarez 225
Binational educational partnership between UTEP teacher education and La Escuela Primaria Jaime Torres Bodet 233
College of education undergraduates and the Even Start Family Literacy Project 239
Student perspectives : personal reflections on the benefits of community-based projects 243
Growing on the border 251
An administrator's reflections on the partnership experience 257
Pt. 6 Lessons learned 265
Lessons learned from the Kellogg Expanding Community Partnerships program
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