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Community-University Engagement: A Process for Building Democratic Communities: ASHE Higher Education Report, 40:2

Community-University Engagement: A Process for Building Democratic Communities: ASHE Higher Education Report, 40:2

Tami L. Moore

ISBN: 978-1-118-91746-6

Apr 2014, Jossey-Bass

152 pages



As the emphasis on economic development through community-university engagement intensifies, educators and policy makers must learn to think differently about the engagement process. This is particularly true when a narrowly defined group of leaders sets the engagement agenda, and those who are traditionally underrepresented continue to be marginalized in the conversations about their own futures.

Emphasizing the importance of community as a context for engagement and building strong relationships over time, Moore calls on institutional leaders to intentionally facilitate broad participation by all members of a community in discussions about how and in what direction the community will develop.

This is the second issue of the 40th volume of the Josse-Bass series ASHE Higher Education Report. Each monograph is the definitive analysis of a tough higher education issue, based on thorough research of pertinent literature and institutional experiences. Topics are identified by a national survey. Noted practitioners and scholars are then commissioned to write the reports, with experts providing criical reviews of each manuscript before publication.

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Executive Summary vii

Foreword xi

Overview 1

Reframing Engagement 3

The Emergence of a Field of Study 5

Using Theory to Advance Community–University Engagement 8

The Role of Place in Engagement 11

A Roadmap 14

Community as Place 17

Placemaking 19

Driving the Economy 26

Reconciling Competing Roles: The Anchor Institution Mission 29

Directions for Future Research: Institutional Change 32

Community as Classroom 39

Intended Outcomes of (a) Higher Education 41

Teaching and Learning for Civic Engagement 43

Community Experiences of Civic Engagement 52

Directions for Future Research: Institutional Purpose 55

Community as Research Context 65

(Community-) Engaged Faculty Work 66

The Impact of Engaged Faculty Work on Communities 76

Encouraging Engaged Scholarship 79

Directions for Future Research: Institutional Culture 82

Implications and Recommendations 89

Recommendations for Realizing the Civic Imperative of Higher Education 91

Moving Engagement From Outcome to Process 98

References 101

Name Index 119

Subject Index 125

About the Author 129