"To Serve a Larger Purpose": Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education


How to return democracy to the heart of a university's mission

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"‘To Serve a Larger Purpose’ offers a series of cogent arguments for using building democracy as the central purpose of institutional civic engagement. The contributors draw on a rich literature, and the chapters are cohesive, building on and sometimes challenging each other’s points; they read as a continuing conversation. The reader is left with an overview of what it means for an institution to be civically engaged, the knowledge that has accrued in the field up to this point, and what working within a democratic framework means within a contemporary context."
—Cathy Burack, Senior Fellow for Higher Education at the Center for Youth and Communities in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439905074
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 3/30/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 326
  • Sales rank: 806,886
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John Saltmarsh is Director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston and is on the faculty of the Higher Education Administration Doctoral Program in the Department of Leadership in Education in the College of Education and Human Development.

Matthew Hartley is Associate Professor and Chair of Higher Education at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by David Mathews


1. Democratic Engagement

2. Contested Ideals. Tracing the Trajectory of the Civic Engagement Movement

3. Democratic Transformation Through University Assisted Community Schools

4. Civic Professionalism

5. Leadership for Engagement. Reclaiming the Public Purpose of Higher Education

6. Chief Academic Officers and Community-Engaged Faculty Work

7. Deliberative Democracy and Higher Education. Higher Education's Democratic Mission

8. Faculty Civic Engagement. New Training, Assumptions, and Markets needed for the Engaged American Scholar

9. Putting Students at the Center of Civic Engagement

10. Civic Engagement on the Ropes?

11. Pursuing a World Lived in Common. Education for a Diverse Democracy and Interdependent Global Community

12. Democratic Purpose and Institutional Transformation. Recommendations for Action

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