Leading scholars of engagement analyze data from the first wave of community-engaged institutions as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The analyses collectively serve as a statement about the current status of higher education community engagement in the United States. Eschewing the usual arguments about why community engagement is important, this volume presents the first large-scale stocktaking about the nature and extent of the institutionalization of engagement in higher education. Aligned with the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification framework, the dimensions of leading, student learning, partnering, assessing, funding, and rewarding are discussed.
This volume recognizes the progress made by this first wave of community-engaged institutions of higher education, acknowledges best practices of these exemplary institutions, and offers recommendations to leaders as a pathway forward.
This is the 147th volume of the Jossey-Bass higher education quarterly report series New Directions for Higher Education. Addressed to presidents, vice presidents, deans, and other higher-education decision-makers on all kinds of campuses, New Directions for Higher Education provides timely information and authoritative advice about major issues and administrative problems confronting every institution.
About the Author
Lorilee R. Sandmann is associate professor in the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia and director of the National Review Board for the Scholarship of Engagement.
Courtney H. Thornton is director of research for the University of North Carolina system.
Audrey J. Jaeger is associate professor of higher education and founder of the Center for Research on Engagement at North Carolina State University.
Table of Contents
EDITORS'NOTES 1 Lorilee R. Sandmann, Courtney H. Thornton, Audrey J. Jaeger
1. Carnegie's New Community Engagement Classification: Affirming Higher Education's Role in Community 5 Amy Driscoll A leader in the engagement movement offers insights on the purpose and potential of the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.
2. Leading the Engaged Institution 13 Lorilee R. Sandmann, William M. Plater The experiences of successful institutions highlight the importance and practices of strong organizational leadership.
3. Rewarding Community-Engaged Scholarship 25 John Saltmarsh, Dwight E. Giles Jr., Elaine Ward, Suzanne M. Buglione Community engagement should be included in the definitions of teaching, scholarship, and service used in faculty promotion and tenure.
4. Innovative Practices in Service-Learning and Curricular Engagement 37 Robert G. Bringle, Julie A. Hatcher Because service-learning is the most important curricular vehicle of community engagement, new approaches must be devised to assess its quality.
5. Issues in Benchmarking and Assessing Institutional Engagement 47 Andrew Furco, William Miller An assessment process provides the means to conduct a status check of a campus's overall level of community engagement.
6. Understanding and Enhancing the Opportunities of Community-Campus Partnerships 55 Carole Beere A former outreach administrator examines campus-community partnerships and suggests how to make them productive and sustainable.
7. Engagement and Institutional Advancement 65 David Weerts, Elizabeth Hudson Strong advancement programs are critical to providing necessary resources for engagement.
8. After the Engagement Classification: Using Organization Theory to Maximize Institutional Understandings 75 Courtney H. Thornton, James J. Zuiches Engagement efforts can be well served by attending to all aspects of the structure, politics, culture, and human resources that enable institutions to fulfill this mission.
9. Will it Last? Evidence of Institutionalization at Carnegie Classified Community Engagement Institutions 85 Barbara A. Holland As community engagement emerges as a central philosophy and practice in higher education, the experiences with it provide a complex portrait of organizational change.
10. The First Wave of Community-Engaged Institutions 99 Lorilee R. Sandmann, Courtney H. Thornton, Audrey J. Jaeger This chapter summarizes the key findings from the volume's examinations of the Carnegie applications and offers considerations for the future of engagement in higher education.