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October 16, 2008 The Talloires Network E-Newsletter




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Update from the Chair: President Larry Bacow

One of the goals of the Talloires Network is to recognize outstanding projects and new ideas that advance civic engagement in higher education. Public recognition for exemplary programs increases awareness of best practices while encouraging further innovation.

This month, we are pleased to launch the MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship, which will recognize a total of eight outstanding student engagement projects from Talloires Network member institutions around the world. This exciting new prize will draw attention to civic engagement within universities while supporting programs that advance local solutions to global problems.

We are honored to have been recognized ourselves by the Wal-Mart Foundation, which recently awarded the Network a grant of $250,000. This grant will allow us to underwrite Talloires Network operations as well as continued outreach and regional meetings for the Network and its partners. The coming year is a pivotal and exciting time for the Network, as we expand our partnerships across the world, further our outreach to students, gather and disseminate best practices and advance this growing movement in higher education. The work of the Network is truly collaborative. I know that working together we will continue to make progress.


The MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship

The new MacJannet Prize will serve to recognize and encourage exemplary university programs which have contributed both to addressing needs of the local or global community, as well as helping to develop and support innovative, committed student leaders who will go on to join the community of global citizens. Eight prizes will be awarded in June 2009: one First-place Prize of $5,000, two Second-place Prizes of $2,500 each, and five Third-place Prizes of $1,000 each.  The deadline for nomination is December 15th. The MacJannet Prize website>>

Talloires Network News

Talloires Network receives $250,000 grant

We are pleased to announce that the Wal-Mart Foundation has made a $250,000 grant to support the Talloires Network to strengthen the civic engagement and social responsibility of institutions of higher education around the world.  Read the press release>>


Tufts University’s Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service receives grant from CNCS

The Tisch College received a $128,100 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to disseminate its research findings on civic engagement and citizenship. The Corporation awarded four other prizes to higher education institutions to “expand scholarly and policy research and deepen understanding about volunteering, national and community service, and civic engagement in America.”  Read more>>

Charles Darwin University forms first Talloires Network student group

Former CGI U student Kevin Kadirgamar, with the support of Linda Cuttriss, the Coordinator of Community Engagement, organized a Talloires Network student group at Charles Darwin University in August 2008. The group is now an official student organization and is eligible to receive funding, which members will use to support civic engagement projects. One project is a community garden designed to involve both students and community members while increasing the university’s commitment to environmental sustainability. They will also organize a literacy project as a way of contributing to the Global Project on Literacy. The organization continues to gain members and will serve as a model for future Talloires Network student groups.


Higher Education News

What are universities for?  A League of European Research Universities (LERU) report
Authors Geoffrey Boulton and Colin Lucas warn against the ways in which governments in Europe and elsewhere perceive universities and their benefits to society. They argue that it is wrong to expect “that universities will be dynamos of growth and huge generators of wealth, leading to economic prosperity and enhanced quality of life on anything like the scale that is implicit in such language." Read the full article, and send us your comments to post on our blog>>

OECD report “Tertiary Education for the Knowledge Society” calls for more inter-institutional collaboration
Among several policy recommendations highlighted in the report, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) encourages universities to “improve and widen channels of interaction and encourage inter-institutional collaboration.” The report also emphasizes the positive outcomes of increased internationalization. Read the full report>>

College Sustainability Report Card 2009
The Sustainable Endowments Institute has released its most recent statistics on environmental sustainability practices at American and Canadian universities, finding that overall trends are positive. Two-thirds of the schools evaluated in the past two years improved their grade, and one-third of schools now have full-time staff working on sustainability issues. Visit the website>>

African universities to play major role in reaching Millennium Development Goals
Organizers of the third International Conference on Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Africa released a report of conference proceedings and made recommendations for the role universities should play in achieving the MDG’s in Africa. Conference attendees also concluded that community engagement should be one of the core activities within African universities. Read the full report>>

Papers and Publications

“Real world, real people: a purpose beyond ourselves in the 21st century.”
Brenda.JPGA paper presented by Brenda Gourley, Vice Chancellor of the Open University (UK) and Chair of the ACU, at the International Association of Universities’ 13th General Conference in Utrecht in July 2008. The theme of the conference was “Higher Education- Serving and Shaping Society.” Vice Chancellor Gourley spoke about the Talloires Network as an example of how universities’ resources should be mobilized. The speech was very well-received by the university leaders in attendance.  Read the paper>>

Scholarship in Public: Knowledge Creation and Tenure Policy in the Engaged University
A report from Imagining America, "Scholarship in Public" proposes “concrete ways to remove obstacles to academic work carried out for and/or with the public by giving such work full standing as scholarship, research, or artistic creation.” Written by members of the Tenure Team Initiative, the report is a toolkit for “those eager to change the culture surrounding promotion and tenure in the ‘new academy.’” Read the report>>

Upcoming Events

Tadamunn: Towards Civic Engagement in Arab Education: Conference in Cairo, Egypt. October 13-14, 2008


Cairo students.JPGThe first regional conference on the role of Arab universities in civic engagement and social responsibility will be held this month in Cairo. This event is co-hosted by the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo and the Talloires Network.                                     Visit the Gerhart Center website>>

Environmental Management for Sustainable Universities (EMSU) international conference in Barcelona, Spain. October 15-17, 2008

EMSU.JPG“A New Knowledge Culture: Universities facing global changes for sustainability.” Conference attendees will examine the role of universities in creating new knowledge and attitudes to face today´s environmental pressures, and promote a two-way exchange of knowledge between universities and society. Visit the website>>
Eighth International Research Conference on Service-learning and Community Engagement in New Orleans, LA. October 25-28, 2008. “The Scholarship of Engagement: Dimensions of Reciprocal Partnerships.”

tree.JPGThis conference will explore the variety of partnerships that flourish in educational institutions and their communities through service-learning courses, community-based research projects, and student-led multi-curricular activities. The contributions of a variety of research approaches in building and sustaining such partnerships will be emphasized. The conference brings together scholars and practitioners to discuss research topics in the study of service-learning and community engagement. Organized by Tulane University’s Center for Public Service and the International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement. E-mail for more information. Visit the website>>

African Sub-Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 2009 World Conference on Higher Education in Dakar, Senegal. November 10-13, 2008

prep conf.JPGThis will be the third of the regional preparatory conferences for the 2009 World Conference on Higher Education “The New Dynamics of Higher Education.” Read more>>


Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Conference in Hyderabad, India. November 28-30, 2008

ACU conference.JPGThe ACU will hold a conference of Executive Heads on the theme "Dazzling Technologies: Seismic shifts in higher education in a fast-changing and unequal world." Brenda Gourley, Chair of the Talloires Network Global Project, also serves as Chair of the ACU. The Talloires Network will organize a plenary lunch, a workshop, and a gathering for Indian university leaders. Visit the website>>

Resource of the Month

Campus Compact toolkit: Strategies for Creating an Engaged Campus: An Advanced Service-Learning Toolkit for Academic Leaders

campus compact.JPGThis site 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. Features include assessments, strategic planning guides, change strategies, and resources. Visit the website>>


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