HIGHER EDUCATION AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT RESOURCES


General

  • The Engaging Researcher — Created by the The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement in 2010, this guide sets out to help researchers develop their approaches to engaging with the public.

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Resources for Governance and Management

  • Shumer’s Self-Assessment for Service-Learning — Rob Shumer with the Center for Experiential and Service Learning at the University of Minnesota published this tool in December 2000 to help universities assess their service-learning programs.
  • Strategies for Creating an Engaged Campus: An Advanced Service-Learning Toolkit for Academic Leaders — This site from the US university network Campus Compact is designed for college and university presidents, provosts, chief academic officers, and deans who wish to deepen the civic education of their students and to increase the engagement of their institutions with their local communities. The following topics are highlighted:
    • Defining the Engaged Campus
    • Assessing Current Activities
    • Strategic Planning for Engagement
    • Faculty Development
    • Specific Change Strategies
    • Counting and Measuring Civic Engagement

Regional/National Topics

  • “Beyond Rhetoric: University-Community Engagement in Victoria.” Alexandra Winter, John Wiseman, and Bruce Muirhead. Eidos. July 2005. A study of higher education civic engagement in Victoria, Australia, including the Australian Catholic University, University of Ballarat, Swinburne Institute of Technology, and University of Melbourne.
  • The Funding and Development of Community University Research Partnerships in Canada — Office of Community-Based Research, University of Victoria (May 2009). This report maps out the sources and types of funding that have been created to support community university research partnerships, and describes the current state of development of arrangements between public post secondary institutions and community organizations.

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University Portrait

  • Frameworks for Community Sector Partnership and Engagement, Howard P, Ryan, Butcher J, Surrey, Lyons & Bright. Paper presented at the International Conference on Engaging Communities, 14-17 August 2005. A case study of Australian Catholic University’s partnerships with community organizations.
  • Universities and Social Commitment Observatory. A project of the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI), the Observatory promotes innovation and knowledge exchange in society and higher education institutions by identifying and disseminating global, regional and local higher education good practices through an ongoing platform.

Grant and Award Sources

    • DoSomething.orgA US-based organization offering various small grants and awards for youth civic engagement.
    • Higher Education for DevelopmentThis program affiliated with USAID provides funding for partnerships between US and international universities around development issues.
    • Jenzabar FoundationThis foundation issues grants to institutions of higher education in support of service-based student activities.
    • Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation - A Foundation whose mission is to foster campus-community partnerships for academic service and learning. The Foundation offers several monetary awards for higher education civic engagement, including the Campus Community Parternship Award and the Community Academic Service Entrepreneur Award (CASE)
    • Pearson Prize for Higher Education — This Prize rewards those students who have made a significant impact on their local campus and/ or in their local community through work on specific projects and programs. The Prize will offer 20 awards of $20,000 each, and 50 awards of $500 each. Students must be US citizens or permanent residents to apply.
    • Outreach Scholarship/W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award and the C. Peter Magrath University/Community Engagement Award – These awards, offered by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the Kellogg Foundation, recognize the outreach and engagement partnership efforts of American four-year public universities.
    • Students in Service Awards — University students in the US demonstrating leadership on community engagement are eligible to apply for this award, which provides a $5000 scholarship to a first prize winner and $2500 scholarships each to two second prize winners as well as awards to the students’ universities and community partners.
    • TakingITGlobal’s Financial Opportunities — Search for awards, contests, grants, and scholarships

 

 

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