University & Community Partnerships

2016

2015

Reviving and Revising the Civic Mission: A Radical Re-Imagining of “Civic Engagement”

Tessa Hicks Peterson

Drawing on literature in the field and the author’s own research, this paper argues that civic engagement is critical to the success of students and universities and should be enacted at all levels of educational policy and practices. Yet, it must be facilitated in a way that ensures that equity, justice, and an appreciation of diverse value systems and perspectives are included in the development of civic actors, civic learning, and shared projects of social change in local communities. 

2014

Effective Governance of a University as an Anchor Institution

Ira Harkavy, Matthew Hartley, Rita A. Hodges, Anthony Sorrentino and Joann Weeks
Raabe Academic Publishers

This case study, authored by Ira Harkavy and his colleagues at Penn, describes how the role of the University of Pennsylvania as an anchor institution has evolved from 1981 to present. The paper describes community engagement efforts like the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, which works to leverage research, teaching, and learning to support West Philadelphia; and the University City District, an economic partnership between small businesses, anchor institutions. While Penn’s cultural reshaping remains, in the words of its authors, a “work in progress,” the authors are optimistic that “Penn will further evolve as an anchor institution and increasingly realize [Ben] Franklin’s democratic civic vision.”

2013

Universities as Anchor Institutions

Eugenie Birch, David C. Perry and Henry Louis Taylor, Jr.
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement

Service-Learning: Some Academic and Community Recommendations

Robert F. Kronick and Robert B. Cunningham
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement

2012

The Centrality of Engagement in Higher Education

Hiram E. Fitzgerald, Karen Bruns, Steven T. Sonka, Andrew Furco and Louis Swanson
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement

2011

2010

2008

The Next Wave: Building University Engagement For The 21st Century

Gar Alperovitz, Steve Dubb and Ted Howard
prepublication version of article published in: The Good Society, volume 17, number 2, pages 69-75

Service-Learning: An Integral Part of Undergraduate Public Health

Suzanne B. Cashman and Sarena D. Seifer
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, volume 23, number 3

Carnegie's Engagement Classification

James J. Zuiches and the North Carolina State Community Engagement Task Force
Change, pages 42-45

2007

2006

The Benefits of Service Learning in a Down-Turned Economy

Theodore Peters, Mary Ann McHugh and Patricia Sendall
International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

2005

EPICS: Engineering Projects in Community Service

Edward J. Coyle, Leah M. Jamieson and William C. Oaks
International Journal of Engineering Education, volume 21, number 1, pages 139-150

2004

Neighborly Neighbors

Dale McGirr, Ronald Kull and K. Scott Enns
Business Officer Magazine

2003

2001

Justin Smith Morrill and The Politics of the Land-Grant College Acts

Craig L. LaMay and Lawrence K. Grossman and Newton N. Minnow, editors
A Digital Gift to the Nation: Fulfilling the Promise of the Digital and Information Age, pages 73-95

2000

1998

n/a

Educating for a Changing World: The Importance of an Equity Mindset

Judith A. Ramaley

Our nation’s colleges and universities are being asked to play demanding roles in creating the capacity for active and engaged collaboration and collective action to address complex challenges that are shaping the world we live in. An essential ingredient of any effort to build healthy communities for any purpose, including education, is the cultivation of equity and inclusion. In this article, we discuss what these terms mean in practice and how to draw upon the talents and experiences of all the members of a diverse community in order to understand and address the pressing social, cultural, economic, and environmental challenges we face in our communities and around the globe. 

2014

2013

2012

The Road Half Traveled: University Engagement at a Crossroads

Rita Axelroth Hodges and Steve Dubb

Authored by Rita Axelroth Hodges and Steve Dubb as part of Michigan State University Press' series on Transformations in Higher Education, the book features ten in-depth cases and examines how universities, by pursuing an anchor institution mission to improve surrounding communities in cooperation with community partners, can positively impact the welfare of low-income residents.

2001

2015

Working Together and Making a Difference: Virginia Western Community College and Goodwill Industries of the Valleys Partnership Case Study Report

Bill Browning, Meredith Archer Hatch and Marcela Montes
The Aspen Institute

Aspen-WSI initially developed this case study as a learning tool for a US Department of Labor–funded consortium of seven community colleges that feature C2E strategies. Northern Virginia Community College leads that consortium. This report supplements the initial learning tool with information shared by staff of Virginia Western Community College and Goodwill at a site visit by members of the consortium in March 2015 and with additional program data collected and reported in May 2015. 

2014

Not Taking Democracy for Granted: Higher Education, Inclusion, and Community Trust

Nancy Cantor
Speech delivered at conference titled, “Higher Education for Democratic Innovation: Challenges and Opportunities,”

2013

2012

2011

2008

2007

2006

Engagement in Higher Education: Building a Federation for Action

Lorilee R. Sandmann and David J. Weerts
a Wingspread Report: Creating the Higher Education Network on Community Engagement

2005

2004

2003

2000

Building Partnerships: Stronger Communities and Stronger Universities

Loomis Mayfield
Prepared for Discussion at Community-Campus Partnerships for Health 4th Annual Conference

1998

1997

n/a

2015

Impact to Last: Lessons from the Front Lines of Social Enterprise

Ben Thornley, Jacquelyn Anderson and Lauren Dixon

In these eight case studies, REDF (a California-based nonprofit, has led the pioneering effort to create jobs and employment opportunities for people facing the greatest barriers to work) highlights the work of social enterprise leaders around the country. By surveying groups such as the Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleveland, Ohio, REDF showcases the principal drivers of achieving scale and success, and paving the way towards a more inclusive economy.

2014

2013

2012

2011

Gateways for Incarcerated Youth Alumni Survey

Emily Sladek, Laura Coghlan, John Lanning and Cindy Meyer
The Evergreen State College

This publication, co-authored by Democracy Collaborative Research Assistant Emily Sladek, constitutes a survey of former students from the Gateways Evergreen College Class from the years 1997-98 through 2009-10. Gateways is "a culturally responsive educational initiative that works in partnership with the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) and The Evergreen State College in Washington State":

2010

2008

Design and Disaster: Higher Education Responds to Hurricane Katrina

Kathleen Dorgan, Michael Monti and Kinnard D. Wright, eds.
Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research, volume 10, number 3

The Engaged University

Frank Gaffikin, Malachy McEldowney, Carrie Menendez and David Perry

2007

Linking Colleges to Communities: Engaging the University for Community Development

Steve Dubb and Ted Howard

How can universities leverage their resources for community benefit? This report from The Democracy Collaborative outlines a comprehensive strategy to meet that goal.

Partnership Perspectives

Sarena D. Seifer and Annika R. Sgambelluri, editors
Partnership Perspectives, volume 4, number 1

2006

2005

2004

Calling the Question: Is Higher Education Ready to Commit to Community Engagement?

Mary Jane Burkardt, Barbara Holland, Stephen L. Percy and Nancy Zimpher on behalf of Wingspread Conference Participants
A 2004 Wingspread Statement

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

n/a

Case Study: University Hospitals (Cleveland, OH)

David Zuckerman
Hospitals Building Healthier Communities: Embracing the Anchor Mission

University Hospitals System comprises the 1032-bed, former academic medical center of Case Western Reserve University, and six community hospitals across Northeast Ohio. The system employs more than 24,000 people and generates revenues in excess of $2 billion annually. A key initiative has been University Hospital’s Vision 2010 project, a $1.2 billion, five-year strategic growth plan that started in 2006. As part of Vision 2010, University Hospitals set separate goals to procure from local, minority- and women- owned businesses, and actively aimed to create new supplier capacity within the city. It also hired a third party to hold it accountable, voluntarily entered into a unique Project Labor Agreement, and has now started to apply this vision to its entire supply chain purchasing. Further still, University Hospitals is involved in other job creation and wealth building initiatives in the community.

n/a

Campus Compact, “Program Models”

This website offers a very extensive national database of hundreds of programs designed to engage students, faculty, staff, campus and/or the community in service, service-learning, and/or civic engagement projects.

Reviving and Revising the Civic Mission: A Radical Re-Imagining of “Civic Engagement”

Tessa Hicks Peterson

Drawing on literature in the field and the author’s own research, this paper argues that civic engagement is critical to the success of students and universities and should be enacted at all levels of educational policy and practices. Yet, it must be facilitated in a way that ensures that equity, justice, and an appreciation of diverse value systems and perspectives are included in the development of civic actors, civic learning, and shared projects of social change in local communities. 

Effective Governance of a University as an Anchor Institution

Ira Harkavy, Matthew Hartley, Rita A. Hodges, Anthony Sorrentino and Joann Weeks
Raabe Academic Publishers

This case study, authored by Ira Harkavy and his colleagues at Penn, describes how the role of the University of Pennsylvania as an anchor institution has evolved from 1981 to present. The paper describes community engagement efforts like the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, which works to leverage research, teaching, and learning to support West Philadelphia; and the University City District, an economic partnership between small businesses, anchor institutions. While Penn’s cultural reshaping remains, in the words of its authors, a “work in progress,” the authors are optimistic that “Penn will further evolve as an anchor institution and increasingly realize [Ben] Franklin’s democratic civic vision.”

Universities as Anchor Institutions

Eugenie Birch, David C. Perry and Henry Louis Taylor, Jr.
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement

Service-Learning: Some Academic and Community Recommendations

Robert F. Kronick and Robert B. Cunningham
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement

The Centrality of Engagement in Higher Education

Hiram E. Fitzgerald, Karen Bruns, Steven T. Sonka, Andrew Furco and Louis Swanson
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement

The Next Wave: Building University Engagement For The 21st Century

Gar Alperovitz, Steve Dubb and Ted Howard
prepublication version of article published in: The Good Society, volume 17, number 2, pages 69-75

Service-Learning: An Integral Part of Undergraduate Public Health

Suzanne B. Cashman and Sarena D. Seifer
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, volume 23, number 3

Carnegie's Engagement Classification

James J. Zuiches and the North Carolina State Community Engagement Task Force
Change, pages 42-45

The Benefits of Service Learning in a Down-Turned Economy

Theodore Peters, Mary Ann McHugh and Patricia Sendall
International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

EPICS: Engineering Projects in Community Service

Edward J. Coyle, Leah M. Jamieson and William C. Oaks
International Journal of Engineering Education, volume 21, number 1, pages 139-150

Neighborly Neighbors

Dale McGirr, Ronald Kull and K. Scott Enns
Business Officer Magazine

Justin Smith Morrill and The Politics of the Land-Grant College Acts

Craig L. LaMay and Lawrence K. Grossman and Newton N. Minnow, editors
A Digital Gift to the Nation: Fulfilling the Promise of the Digital and Information Age, pages 73-95

Educating for a Changing World: The Importance of an Equity Mindset

Judith A. Ramaley

Our nation’s colleges and universities are being asked to play demanding roles in creating the capacity for active and engaged collaboration and collective action to address complex challenges that are shaping the world we live in. An essential ingredient of any effort to build healthy communities for any purpose, including education, is the cultivation of equity and inclusion. In this article, we discuss what these terms mean in practice and how to draw upon the talents and experiences of all the members of a diverse community in order to understand and address the pressing social, cultural, economic, and environmental challenges we face in our communities and around the globe. 

The Road Half Traveled: University Engagement at a Crossroads

Rita Axelroth Hodges and Steve Dubb

Authored by Rita Axelroth Hodges and Steve Dubb as part of Michigan State University Press' series on Transformations in Higher Education, the book features ten in-depth cases and examines how universities, by pursuing an anchor institution mission to improve surrounding communities in cooperation with community partners, can positively impact the welfare of low-income residents.

Working Together and Making a Difference: Virginia Western Community College and Goodwill Industries of the Valleys Partnership Case Study Report

Bill Browning, Meredith Archer Hatch and Marcela Montes
The Aspen Institute

Aspen-WSI initially developed this case study as a learning tool for a US Department of Labor–funded consortium of seven community colleges that feature C2E strategies. Northern Virginia Community College leads that consortium. This report supplements the initial learning tool with information shared by staff of Virginia Western Community College and Goodwill at a site visit by members of the consortium in March 2015 and with additional program data collected and reported in May 2015. 

Not Taking Democracy for Granted: Higher Education, Inclusion, and Community Trust

Nancy Cantor
Speech delivered at conference titled, “Higher Education for Democratic Innovation: Challenges and Opportunities,”

Engagement in Higher Education: Building a Federation for Action

Lorilee R. Sandmann and David J. Weerts
a Wingspread Report: Creating the Higher Education Network on Community Engagement

Building Partnerships: Stronger Communities and Stronger Universities

Loomis Mayfield
Prepared for Discussion at Community-Campus Partnerships for Health 4th Annual Conference

Impact to Last: Lessons from the Front Lines of Social Enterprise

Ben Thornley, Jacquelyn Anderson and Lauren Dixon

In these eight case studies, REDF (a California-based nonprofit, has led the pioneering effort to create jobs and employment opportunities for people facing the greatest barriers to work) highlights the work of social enterprise leaders around the country. By surveying groups such as the Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleveland, Ohio, REDF showcases the principal drivers of achieving scale and success, and paving the way towards a more inclusive economy.

Gateways for Incarcerated Youth Alumni Survey

Emily Sladek, Laura Coghlan, John Lanning and Cindy Meyer
The Evergreen State College

This publication, co-authored by Democracy Collaborative Research Assistant Emily Sladek, constitutes a survey of former students from the Gateways Evergreen College Class from the years 1997-98 through 2009-10. Gateways is "a culturally responsive educational initiative that works in partnership with the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) and The Evergreen State College in Washington State":

Design and Disaster: Higher Education Responds to Hurricane Katrina

Kathleen Dorgan, Michael Monti and Kinnard D. Wright, eds.
Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research, volume 10, number 3

The Engaged University

Frank Gaffikin, Malachy McEldowney, Carrie Menendez and David Perry

Linking Colleges to Communities: Engaging the University for Community Development

Steve Dubb and Ted Howard

How can universities leverage their resources for community benefit? This report from The Democracy Collaborative outlines a comprehensive strategy to meet that goal.

Partnership Perspectives

Sarena D. Seifer and Annika R. Sgambelluri, editors
Partnership Perspectives, volume 4, number 1

Calling the Question: Is Higher Education Ready to Commit to Community Engagement?

Mary Jane Burkardt, Barbara Holland, Stephen L. Percy and Nancy Zimpher on behalf of Wingspread Conference Participants
A 2004 Wingspread Statement

Case Study: University Hospitals (Cleveland, OH)

David Zuckerman
Hospitals Building Healthier Communities: Embracing the Anchor Mission

University Hospitals System comprises the 1032-bed, former academic medical center of Case Western Reserve University, and six community hospitals across Northeast Ohio. The system employs more than 24,000 people and generates revenues in excess of $2 billion annually. A key initiative has been University Hospital’s Vision 2010 project, a $1.2 billion, five-year strategic growth plan that started in 2006. As part of Vision 2010, University Hospitals set separate goals to procure from local, minority- and women- owned businesses, and actively aimed to create new supplier capacity within the city. It also hired a third party to hold it accountable, voluntarily entered into a unique Project Labor Agreement, and has now started to apply this vision to its entire supply chain purchasing. Further still, University Hospitals is involved in other job creation and wealth building initiatives in the community.

Campus Compact, “Program Models”

This website offers a very extensive national database of hundreds of programs designed to engage students, faculty, staff, campus and/or the community in service, service-learning, and/or civic engagement projects.