| 7 November 2011
||The Talloires Network E-Newsletter|
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About the Talloires Network
Tufts University and Innovations in Civic Participation serve as the Secretariat of the Talloires Network.
Steering Committee members
Mark Gearan (Chair)
Janice Reid (Vice-Chair)
Sharifah Hapsah Shahabudin
José María Sanz Martínez
Update from the Chair: President Mark Gearan
Several members have urged that the Network address the challenge of how to effectively measure the results of university civic engagement and social responsibility – impacts on what our students learn and impacts on community conditions. Therefore I am pleased to invite members to join a new working group on strengthening impact measurement. Communicating electronically, the group will exchange about current practices and explore alternative approaches to improvement. If you would like to participate, please contact Prof. Rob Hollister, Network Secretariat (email@example.com).
This issue was a frequent topic at our recent conference in Madrid and is raised regularly in other discussions. Most recently, Rector Ignacio Sanchez and his colleagues at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile recommended to Rob Hollister in his meetings in Santiago that the Network take action to advance impact measurement. I strongly support this initiative. The engaged university movement often is held back by the lack of credible and practical information about what our programs are actually accomplishing. This is a promising opportunity for collective action – to learn from each other’s experience and to work together to develop and test new tools. As the group makes progress, it will share its work-in-progress with our full membership.
In collaboration with The MasterCard Foundation, the Talloires Network is planning a new initiative that will mobilize the capabilities of universities in developing countries to expand economic opportunities for university-educated youth. The initiative will support a number (to be determined) of demonstration projects run by Talloires Network institutions over a four-year period. Prospective activities include curriculum reform and innovation, applied research, and public policy development, internships, or community engagement programs oriented to developing job skills.
A planning process is currently underway to design the initiative in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders. During the past few months, we have worked with colleagues at the youth consultant group DECODE to conduct youth outreach through peer-to-peer interviews in ten countries, organized a dynamic global advisory committee, and initiated an online learning community composed of professionals working on programs that aim to bridge the gap between higher education and employment.
The online learning community began on November 7 and will run for six weeks. We can accommodate a few more participants, so please contact Jennifer Catalano at firstname.lastname@example.org if you or your colleagues are interested in joining the conversation.
RFP: "Pathways to Cleaner Production"
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Diversity and Democracy, Vol 14 No 3 (Fall 2011). "Higher Education for Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement: Reinvesting in Longstanding Commitments."
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