This volume provides insightful analysis of the way higher education engages with socially excluded communities. Leading researchers and commentators examine the validity of the claim that universities can be active facilitators of social mobility, opening access to the knowledge economy for formerly excluded groups. The authors assess the extent to which the ‘Academy’ can deliver on its promise to build bridges with communities whose young people often assume that higher education lies beyond their ambitions. The chapters map the core dynamics of the relationship between higher education and communities which have bucked the more general trend of rapidly rising student numbers. Contributors also take the opportunity to reflect on the potential impact of these dynamics on the evolution of the university’s role as a social institution. The volume was inspired by a symposium attended by a wide spectrum of participants, including government, senior university managers, academic researchers and community groups based in areas suffering from social exclusion. It makes a substantive contribution to an under-researched field, with authors seeking to both shape solutions as well as better diagnose the problem. Some chapters include valuable contextual analysis, using empirical data from North America, Europe and Australia to add substance to the debates on policy and theory. The volume seeks to offer a defining intellectual statement on the interaction between the concept of a ‘university’ and those communities historically missing from higher education participation, the volume deepens our understanding of what might characterise an ‘engaged’ university and strengthens the theoretical foundations of the topic.
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Table of Contents
Preface.- Contributors.- Part 1: University Engagement with Socially Excluded Communities.- 1. University Engagement with Socially Excluded Communities; Paul Benneworth.- 2. Celebrating Worthy Conversations: Universities and their multiple communities; Ros Derrett.- 3. Challenging Inequalities through Community-University Partnerships; Angie Hart and Kim Aumann.- 4. Universities, Regions and Social Disadvantage; Ruth Williams and Allan Cochrane.- Part 2: Internal University Transformations for Effective Regional Engagement.- 5. The Relationship of Community Engagement with Universities’ Core Missions; Paul Benneworth, David Charles, Catherine Hodgson and Lynne Humphrey.- 6. University-Community Engagement: Dislocation of Theory and Practice; Lynne Humphrey.- 7. ‘Building’ Engagement into the Fabric of the University; Laura Saija.- 8. Engagement and the Idea of the Civic University; James Powell and Karl Dayson.- Part 3: Transformations in the Epistemic ‘Idea’ of a University.- 9. Universities’ Perspectives on Community Engagement; Paul Benneworth and Lynne Humphrey.- 10. Can Universities Really Effectively Engage with Socially Excluded Communities?; Fred Robinson and Ray Hudson.- 11. Translation, Insulation and Mediation; University and Community Engagement in an Age of Ambivalence; Tim May and Beth Perry.- Part 4: Transformation in the Social Environment for University-Community Engagement.- 12. University-Community Engagement in the Wider Policy Environment; Paul Benneworth and David Charles.- 13. Policies for Promoting University-Community Engagement in Practice; Paul Benneworth and Ben Jongbloed.- 14. Learning from History: Previous Attempts to Measure Universities’ Community Impacts; Ben Jongbloed and Paul Benneworth.- 15. The Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement; Elaine Ward, Suzanne Buglione, Dwight E. Giles Jr. and John Saltmarsh.- 16. The Evaluation of Universities and their Contributions to Social Exclusion; Paul Benneworth.- Part 5: Conclusions.- 17. The Engaged University in Practice?; Paul Benneworth.- Index.