Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities
Update from the Chair: President Mark Gearan
The Talloires Network Steering Committee will convene for an in-person meeting in New York City in late July. The agenda for the meeting will include a roundtable discussion with funders hosted by the MasterCard Foundation and Santander, a review of recent work of the Talloires Network, a dinner with guests from international NGOs to discuss mobilizing university resources to prepare students for employment and entrepreneurship and a strategic planning session, including discussions about the next global conference. If you have any recommendations of items that you would like to see included in the meeting agenda, please contact the Talloires Network Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I am pleased to share that this year, we are inviting several Student Representatives to join in the proceedings of the meeting. The group will consist of students from institutions led by members of our Steering Committee as well as students who are MasterCard Foundation Scholars. In addition to participating in sessions with the Steering Committee, the students will also take part in a students-only exchange. The Student Representatives will enable us to bring student voices to the table and I am confident that their insights and vision will enhance our planning for next-stage activities of the Talloires Network.
I look forward to sharing the results of the meeting with you later in the summer. Please note that the Talloires Network Newsletter will not be distributed in July and August. We will resume with our monthly newsletter in September and will provide you with important updates via e-mail blasts over the summer.
June signals the twelfth installment of our Leaders in the Civic Engagement Movement series. This issue features President Scott Cowen, Tulane University President and member of the Talloires Network steering committee.
The Faculty and Staff Professional Development Program (FSPD) will host a pre-conference workshop: Leadership, Planning and Change Management for Community Engagement at the 5th International Symposium on Service Learning to be held from November 20 – 22, 2013 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. In this workshop we will explore the role of university leaders in building support for community engagement through attention to planning, organizational structures, student involvement, faculty development and rewards, and evaluation of outcomes, among other strategies. Participants will learn useful concepts and discuss action steps that will strengthen their own leadership of community engagement and, thus, enhance community engagement as a value of academic culture.Learn More>>
The Talloires Network is pleased to announce that it will continue and expand its partnership with the Kettering Foundation. To build on an initial workshop last summer, which included 16 participants from 12 different countries, we are now launching the Kettering-Talloires Collaborative Research and Writing Project. Learn More>>
TN regional partners in the Russian Federation’s Community University Network gathered on May 24, 2013 in Moscow for their International Conference “Education in Russia: Social Mission & Territorial Development.” TN Senior Liaison Donald Wertlieb participated in the proceedings with an opportunity to orient a wider range of leaders to the work of the Talloires Network with his presentation on “Engaged University, Enhanced Education.” Learn More>>
From May 13 through May 15, 2013, several members of the Talloires Network Secretariat attended the 6th International Barcelona Conference for Higher Education: “Let’s Build Transformative Knowledge to Drive Social Change” organized by the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi) at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Learn More>>
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013-2015 Engagement Australia Board of Directors. The Engagement Australia Constitution allows for up ten (10) persons to be elected/co-opted to the Board. The Board meets face-to-face four times each year and has regular meetings via teleconference. The election will take place at the Annual General Meeting, to be held on Tuesday 16 July 2013 during the Next Steps: Co-producing Knowledge for Social Impact conference in Melbourne. If you are interested in nominating for the Board, please contact Jan Strom email@example.com for more information. Learn More>>
Has community engagement become a mainstream part of what universities do? If not, how can it get there? These were some of the questions on the agenda at the 6th International Conference on Higher Education organised by the Global University Network for Innovation in Barcelona, Spain, from 13-15 May. Read More>>
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health is now accepting proposals for its next conference to be held from April 3 to May 3, 2014 in Chicago, IL. Proposals are due September 30, 2013 for skill-building workshops, creative arts sessions, stories, roundtable discussions and posters that advance the conference theme and align with one or more of these conference topics: Communities as centers of learning, discovery and engagement, Authentically engaged institutions, Shared power and resources, Ethical policies and practices, Changing governmental and institutional policies and systems, Sustaining partnerships and their outcomes, Next generation leadership and Mobilizing knowledge for action. Learn More>>
Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) invites proposals for projects that will promote engaged learning, civic development and engagement, and psychosocial well-being of college and university students. We are especially interested in efforts that will enable students to have transformational educational experiences, and proposals for how institutions can transform and sustain their priorities and practices. Proposals for Seminar Grants (up to $1,000) and Program Development Grants (up to $10,000) are due no later than Friday, June 14, 2013. Learn More>>
Confidence that a ‘one size fits all’ global economy and that the ‘Western canon’ of knowledge are sufficient to see humanity through the next phase of its transformations and adjustments has diminished dramatically over the past years. We have an economic system that is certainly not a tide that floats all boats. We have challenges to the dominance of traditional knowledge claims as well. What does this mean for higher education, for social responsibility and for the way forward? Learn More>>
Georgetown’s BTtoP Demonstration Site project, the Engelhard Project for Connecting Life and Learning, is entering its eighth year on our campus. This project uses a pedagogy that integrates well-being topics into course content in order to personalize course material and positively influence student health behaviors. Our assessment design includes an end-of-course survey to measure the impact of the courses on students. Learn More>>
The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement in the UK has published a paper summarizing findings and recommendations from the AHRC project, “Researching the Engaged University.” It is based on a literature review of research into university-public engagement and consultation with over 90 researchers and professionals in the field and makes the case that there are important reasons why we would want to research university-publicengagement. Learn More>>
Student Engagement in Higher Education fills a longstanding void in higher education and student affairs literature. The editors and chapter authors show how diverse populations of students experience college differently and encounter group-specific barriers to success. Informed by relevant theories, each chapter focuses on a different population for whom research confirms that engagement and connectivity to the college experience are problematic, including: low-income students, racial/ethnic minorities, students with disabilities, LGBT students, and religious minority students. Learn More>>
Across the Western world, many democracies are facing the same problem as Canada – youth civic engagement, knowledge and attentiveness to the political realm are in sharp decline. This reality creates a difficult situation for policy makers and politicians alike, as disengagement to this degree has never been experienced before…Without action to bring more young people back from their apathetic stand, our democracy will face crucial challenges with regard to participation at the polls and maintaining an informed and active citizenry into the future. However, new approaches have been applied in other jurisdictions and have shown some success, offering frameworks for Canada to consider. Learn More>>
CU Expo 2013: Engaging Shared Worlds, is being held in Corner Brook, Newfoundland & Labrador, hosted by Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland and the City of Corner Brook, with support from the provincial Rural Secretariat. Over the 3 days of the conference, participants can choose from a variety of interactive sessions: from workshops to arts activities, deliberative dialogue to presentations, participatory communications, mobile tours, service learning and more. Learn More>>
The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) will host the second conference of its Graduate Employment Network in July 2013. The conference will draw from the ACU’s Centenary theme – Future forward: design, develop and deliver, which addresses key issues relating to the future of international higher education: designing academics and universities for the future, developing tools to meet new challenges, and delivering, recognising and measuring growth, impact and success. The theme for the Graduate Employment Network conference – Exploring the value of higher education to the economy – will examine the extent to which university graduates are able to meet their own aspirations as well as society’s expectations of them. Learn More>>
This year’s conference will have three key foci: (1) developing and supporting academic programs focused on civic and community engagement; (2) programmatic use and academic responses to the Center’s policy report Core Competencies in Civic Engagement, and; (3) examining how online learning is impacting civic engagement initiatives in higher education. Dr. Paul LeBlanc, President of Southern New Hampshire University will deliver the opening keynote address. More details coming soon. Learn More>>
As always, it hopes to be a forum for students, teachers, researchers, government officials and social organization leaders from all of Latin America and the world to gather and exchange their experiences. The 10th International Week will offer complementary activities for foreign visitors and institutions supported by CLAYSS. Learn More>>