The Engaged University: International Perspectives on Civic Engagement

The Engaged University aims to motivate and guide decision-making and action inside and outside the academy, and to elevate public awareness of, and support for, civic engagement in higher education. University enrollment worldwide is predicted to surpass 200 million by the year 2030. This book offers a glimpse of what these students, in collaboration with their teachers, communities and institutions, can do to accelerate economic development and build healthy communities around the globe.

The Engaged University is a comprehensive empirical account of the global civic engagement movement in higher education. In universities around the world, something extraordinary is underway. Mobilizing their human and intellectual resources, institutions of higher education are directly tackling community problems – combating poverty, improving public health, and restoring environmental quality. This book documents and analyzes this exciting trend through studies of civic engagement and social responsibility at twenty Tallloires Network institutions worldwide.

The Engaged University aims to motivate and guide decision-making and action inside and outside the academy, and to elevate public awareness of, and support for, civic engagement in higher education. University enrollment worldwide is predicted to surpass 200 million by the year 2030. This book offers a glimpse of what these students, in collaboration with their teachers, communities and institutions, can do to accelerate economic development and build healthy communities around the globe.

Co-authored by David Watson, Robert M. Hollister, Susan E. Stroud, and Elizabeth Babcock, this timely volume offers three special contributions to the literature on higher education policy and practice: a historical overview of the founding purposes of universities, which almost invariably included a context-specific element of social purpose, together with a survey of how these "founding" intentions have fared in different systems of higher education; a contemporary account of the policy and practice of universities – all over the world – seeking to re-engage with this social purpose; and an overview of generic issues which emerge for the "engaged university."

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