Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities
Update from the Chair: President Mark Gearan
Best wishes for the new academic term to those of you who are starting a new academic year and to those who are now mid-year.
The Talloires Network Steering Committee held a productive in-person meeting in Washington, DC, July 8-10. Later this month I will be sending all Network members a summary report on our deliberations, which focused on strategic planning. Please watch for this communication, and give us your feedback and also your suggestions about future TN activities. To preview one item … The Steering Committee recommends changing TN membership criteria and expectations so that: 1. Membership represents institutional achievement of a significant standard with respect to civic engagement and social responsibility, and 2. The membership process regularly generates information about the work of member institutions. We look forward to working with members and regional network directors to develop potential new membership policies.
This issue announces our new Youth Economic Participation Initiative funded by The MasterCard Foundation (see article below). I invite and encourage you to participate in this important effort to elevate how universities in developing countries prepare students to create jobs and to compete for jobs. The YEPI is an exciting opportunity to strengthen the economic development impacts of university community engagement programs. I am pleased also that it will provide direct financial support to several members. We will be making 6-8 demonstration grants to TN members and are now in the process of developing the Request for Proposals. YEPI also will be organizing a global learning community on this topic.
Many thanks to the 16 leaders of TN civic engagement programs from 12 countries who convened July 23-25 to exchange about “Innovations in Democratic Engagement: Universities and their Civic Mission around the World.” We were very pleased to co-sponsor this session with the Kettering Foundation and I would like to say how much we appreciate Kettering funding the meeting. See Lorlene Hoyt’s article below.
Recommended reading: Lorraine McIlrath, Ann Lyon, and Ronaldo Munck (eds.), Higher Education and Civic Engagement: Comparative Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan, June 2012. Congratulations to the co-authors for this impressive contribution to collective knowledge about the global movement!
The Talloires Network and The MasterCard Foundation are pleased to announce a new $5.9 million initiative that will build upon and extend the promising efforts of Talloires Network member institutions to prepare their students to access and create jobs in developing economies. This Youth Economic Participation Initiative will enable the Talloires Network to award a small number of three-year Demonstration Grants to Talloires Network universities in developing countries and their community, public or private sector partners. A total of six to eight Demonstration Grants will be awarded to universities across the global south. Learn more>>
In partnership with the Kettering Foundation, the Talloires Network co-hosted a 3-day summer workshop in July entitled Innovations in Democratic Engagement: Universities and Their Civic Mission around the World. Sixteen participants from twelve countries traveled to Dayton, Ohio, to participate in a critical exchange. We found, despite differences in culture and context, all of the participants shared an interest in strengthening their own civic engagement programs and learning from one another. Learn more>>
More than 500 participants from 11 countries attended the 15th International Service-learning Conference, organized at Buenos Aires University by CLAYSS (Latin American Center for Service-learning), with the support of the Federal Ministry of Education and OEI (Ibero-American Organization for Education).
During the opening, Dr. Ruben Hallu, Rector of Buenos Aires University, presented the new service-learning graduation requirement to begin in 2013. Jaime Perczyk, National Secretary of Education, underlined the importance of service-learning and civic engagement for a quality, inclusive education for all. Argentina has been supporting national service-learning policies since 1997, and 15 years later a third of all schools and Higher Education institutions in the country have participated at the “Presidential Awards” for service-learning with at least one project.
The Conference has become a meeting point for service-learning scholars and practitioners from Latin America and Spain, among them many Talloires Network members from the region. This year, the Conference was preceded by a Researchers Symposium, with more than a hundred participants and 52 papers presented by researchers from 9 countries. The proceedings are already on line at: http://www.clayss.org.ar/06_investigacion/jornadas/jornadas.htm
Published in June 2012, this book explores the practices of teaching and learning, research, and service in several international contexts. The authors also address the impact of current global market conditions in the role of higher education institutions in terms of performing civic missions in these contexts. Edited by Lorraine McIlrath, Ann Lyons, Ronaldo Munck. Learn more>>
This unique executive development program is designed for institutional teams or individuals responsible for developing institutional capacity for monitoring and measuring community engagement activities. Participants will return to their campuses with a specific plan to advance the institutional approach to monitoring and measuring engagement as well as effectively link community engagement to the teaching, research, and service missions of the institution. The program is offered by Virginia Tech’s Engagement Academy for University Leaders. Learn more>>
The theme for the 12th annual International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement (IARSCLE) conference is the generative power of connections and relationships in research on service-learning and community engagement. The IARSLCE annual research conference is targeted to scholars, practitioners, students, and community partners interested in research on service-learning, community-based research, campus-community partnerships, and civic learning outcomes. Learn more>>
The National Outreach Scholarship Conference (NOSC) is composed of higher education member institutions, a mix of state-public and private institutions. NOSC works collaboratively to build strong university-community partnerships anchored in the rigor of scholarship, and designed to help build community capacity. The 13th Annual NOSC conference theme challenges students, faculty and communities to PARTNER. INSPIRE. CHANGE. to build a stronger, more prosperous, and just society. Learn more>>
This is the ninth Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE) international workshop that brings together researchers and policy analysts and makers. This Workshop will explore conceptual understandings of community engagement and university reforms intended to foster it. Learn more>>
The third annual national conference of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE). this interactive conference will look across the whole engagement agenda including research; teaching and learning; knowledge exchange; volunteering and social responsibility. Learn more>>