Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities
Update from the Chair: President Mark GearanWith this edition of the Talloires Network Newsletter, I am pleased to share that the recipients of the Youth Economic Participation Initiative (YEPI) demonstration grants have been selected. From 60 initial expressions of interest, 20 finalists were chosen and 8 universities received funding to support their programs. These programs come from three regions and represent 8 different countries: Burkina Faso, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Rwanda, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Please see the article below for more information about the programs and the selection committee. I would like to thank all those who participated in the selection process.I encourage all of you to read this month’s featured profile, highlighting Olive Mugenda, Vice-Chancellor of Kenyatta University. This completes the Leaders in the Civic Engagement Movement profiles featuring the Talloires Network Steering Committee Members. All of the profiles, including those with Budd Hall and Nieves Tapia, have been compiled into a booklet, which can be accessed here.Next month, we will launch an expanded Leaders in the Civic Movement series, described below.Lastly, I would like to call your attention to the 2013 – 2014 Action Research Program: Generating Knowledge to Strengthen the Civic Engagement Movement. In addition to the article in this edition of the newsletter, a section on the Action Research Program has been added to the Talloires Network website.
September signals the 14th installment of our Leaders in the Civic Engagement Movement series. This issue features Olive Mugenda, Vice-Chancellor of Kenyatta University and member of the Talloires Network Steering Committee. Learn More>>
Expanding the TN’s Leaders in the Civic Engagement Movement Series
by Lorlene Hoyt and Amy Newcomb Rowe
The TN launched the Leaders in the Civic Engagement Movement series in March 2012 with a short article in the newsletter featuring TN Steering Committee Co-Chair and Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Sydney Vice-Chancellor, Jan Reid. A total of 14 interviews and feature articles were produced and published by October 2013. In implementing the series, we fostered stronger working ties with leaders, shared ideas with member institutions and partners, and created a report showcasing the work of such leaders. We know universities around the world are not only successfully engaging their communities, but are also looking for other examples. We’ve recently decided to conduct longer, more rigorous interviews with a variety of leaders in the university civic engagement movement. Interviews with university heads will continue and we will also conduct interviews with university administrators, faculty, and students as well as community partners and funders. Beginning in November, TN will publish at least two feature articles per month aimed at illustrating the achievements and failures of university civic engagement programs, how such programs evolve over time, and how they understand and measure community and university impact. Each month, we will highlight civic engagement activities in a particular country. Articles about university leaders will be the primary focus with additional articles seeking to both reinforce and challenge their perspectives.
We are delighted to announce the winners of the Youth Economic Participation Initiative (YEPI) Demonstration Grants. Although it was difficult to choose from a pool of over 60 Expressions of Interest and 20 strong finalists, we are excited to work with this group of eight engaged universities who are modeling innovative and effective practices for preparing students to become active participants in their economies. Learn More>>
In consultation with the Steering Committee, secretariat staff, and members and partners, we have identified three key areas of research: university civic engagement exemplars, economic development and participation, and incentives and rewards for engaged faculty. The TN secretariat conducts action research in the first two areas by way of its program activities and supports research by others in the third area. By design, these are not discrete research areas; they are overlapping and mutually reinforcing areas of inquiry and practice. Learn More>>
In advance of the July 2013 Steering Committee meeting, the Talloires Network Secretariat compiled an annual report for work completed in 2012 and 2013. The report highlighted new and continuing programs and contains addresses from Steering Committee Chair, Mark Gearan and TN Executive Director, Rob Hollister. The report is now available electronically on the Talloires Network website.
At the Annual Lynton Colloquium on the Scholarship of Engagement: The Engaged Scholar and the Engaged Campus, held on September 30, 2013, the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) presented the 2013 Ernest A. Lynton Award to Dr. Farrah Jacquez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cincinnati. This annual award recognizes a faculty member who connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement. It is designated for either pre-tenure faculty at tenure-granting campuses or early career faculty at campuses with long-term contracts. Learn More>>
The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya partners with the ESC Rennes (France) and UNE and UWS (Australia) to develop the first joint master orientated to social entrepreneurs. On 8-12 April, a follow-up meeting was held in Rennes (France) to agree on the program’s mission, attended by three professors of the UOC Business School, along with French and Australian professors. The International MBA Social Entrepreneurship (IMBASE) is co-funded by the European Commission and the Australian Government to promote joint degrees between European and Australian Universities. These institutions will also offer mobility aids to the 40 students. The programme will launch in 2014, and will last 18 months. Learn More>>
This program, which is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, aims to strengthen the professional practice of educators and to draw the attention to the importance of promoting civic education at institutions for secondary education and universities. The European Wergeland Centre (EWC) has partnered with the Moscow School of Political Studies (MSPS) for a 3 year program on civic education in Russian regions. To efficiently build an open and democratic society in Russia, efforts must be aimed towards education. To do so, the MSPS will extend its activities and its expertise into education, and in particular teachers and professors. This program is consistent with the MSPS’ mission to contribute to the building of an open and democratic society in Russia by providing education, training and civic practice opportunities to the next generation of political leaders. Learn More>>
The New England Resource Center for Higher Education has announced the Fall 2013 Virtual Think Tank Series. There will be three series – Series 1: Federal Policy Focused on Diversity: Historical and Contemporary Contexts; Series 2: The Community College: Fostering Innovation and Diversity Through Civic Learning; and Series 3: Assessing and Rewarding Civic Engagement. Learn More>>
Making All Voices Count is a global initiative that supports innovation, scaling-up, and research to deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies to enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness. It aims to fund collaborative efforts, rather than one-sided approaches, and will award grants for innovation, scaling and research and evidence. The first call for proposals for funding is open until November 8, 2013. Learn More>>
TN Executive Director, Rob Hollister and Steering Committee Chair, Mark Gearan, authored an article for the Summer 2013 Edition of Forum, focusing on social responsibility. Published by the European Association for International Education, this article is an exploration of the growing global movement towards greater social responsibility in higher education. Learn More>>
by Christine M. Cress, Peter J. Collier and Vicki L. Reitenauer
This substantially expanded new edition of this widely-used and acclaimed text maintains the objectives and tenets of the first. It is designed to help students understand and reflect on their community service experiences both as individuals and as citizens of communities in need of their compassionate expertise. It is designed to assist faculty in facilitating student development of compassionate expertise through the context of service in applying disciplinary knowledge to community issues and challenges. In sum, the book is about how to make academic sense of civic service in preparing for roles as future citizen leaders. Learn More>>
Service-Learning: Engineering in Your Community, Second Edition, links design methodology and engineering analysis to the socially beneficial application of engineering principles. Authors Marybeth Lima and William C. Oakes emphasize the importance of reflection, teaming skills, project management, communications, and ethics, carefully considering the integral roles that they play in the process of engineering for the common good.Learn More>>
As employees spend more and more time in workplace training, corporations are seeking creative ways to develop and motivate their staff. Beard and Wilson provide a solid and easy-to-follow background into the concepts of experiential, or activity-based, learning and highlight successful techniques, from outdoor team-building to office-based activities. Experiential Learning offers educators, trainers and coaches the skills that can be successfully applied to a variety of settings including management education, corporate training, team-building, youth-development work, counseling and therapy, schools and higher education and special needs training. Learn More>>
In College (Un)bound, Jeffrey J. Selingo, editor at large for The Chronicle for Higher Education, argues that America’s higher education system is broken. The great credential race has turned universities into big business and fostered an environment where middle tier colleges can command elite university-level tuition while concealing staggeringly low graduation rates and churning out students with few hard skills into the job market. Learn More>>
by Cindy E. Hmelo-Silver, Clark A. Chinn, Carol Chan and Angela M. O’Donnell
Collaborative learning has become an increasingly important part of education, but the research supporting it is distributed across a wide variety of fields including social, cognitive, developmental, and educational psychology, instructional design, the learning sciences, educational technology, socio-cultural studies, and computer-supported collaborative learning. The goal of this book is to integrate theory and research across these diverse fields of study and, thereby, to forward our understanding of collaborative learning and its instructional applications. Learn More>>
This three-day conference will address questions around the Centenary theme Future Forward: Design, Develop, Deliver. Higher education is at a crossroads. New universities are being created in response to political agendas, the burgeoning global middle class, and the availability of public and private funding. Added to this, a variety of internal and external stakeholders are demanding that universities become more than just ‘ivory towers’ and that they need to demonstrate their engagement with the wider society. Take advantage of a special rate for Talloires Network members when registering.
Hosted by the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies and the Center for Global Engagement, both at Northwestern University and co-sponsored by DukeEngage, the Center for Social Development and Gephardt Institute for Public Service at Washington University in St. Louis and in collaboration with the Building Bridges Coalition, this conference will explore the most cutting-edge trends, as well as the biggest opportunities and challenges in higher education related to global/service learning. Learn More>>
Conferences such as these are indeed relevant to our time when the world is faced with a myriad of challenges which require the concerted efforts and the commitments of experts, organizations and businesses the world over to overcome them. In a rapidly globalizing world, their concerns are mutual and we, as fortunate members of the community, have a vested interest to initiate dialogues to address these common challenges and issues. This conference will clarify issues, to reach rapprochement on issues that elude easy resolutions and to chart the way ahead in the common quest to make a difference to the lives of citizens around the region, in general, and to the communities surrounding.Learn more>>
This first PASCAL Conference to be held in Asia draws on the PASCAL International Exchanges Project, PIE to examine the direction, capacity and governance of cities. It is planned in partnership with the host Hong Kong Institute of Education and RMIT’s European Union Centre, with regional bodies such as ACUPEN, ASPBAE and EAFEA. Other partners include the Hong Kong UNEVOC Centre. The Conference will focus on present and future action, mainly within neighbourhood communities and in cities. Exploring how good practice can be adopted and adapted between different regions, cultures and traditions represents a crucial opportunity. This will be tested by the Conference and its aftermath. Learn More>>
The 5th International Symposium on Service-Learning continues to build on the momentum generated by past symposia. The 5th symposium aims to increase the scientific contribution to service-learning as a pedagogical tool that enhances local and global citizenship and scholarship of engagement; strengthen north-south and south-south relations by providing an opportunity for institutions to build their own capacity for service-learning; and enhance global participation through both theoretical and applied service learning in higher education. Learn More>>
This international Conference on open and blended learning will bring together a range of academics, researchers, practitioners, and decision makers from different countries and institutions. The conference will be an excellent opportunity to discuss the new trends in open learning and technology and solutions to the challenges of open learning. The papers will be presented in Arabic and in English (instant translation will be available).Learn More>>