University & Community Partnerships

Service-Learning: Some Academic and Community Recommendations

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

Universities as Anchor Institutions

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

North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center

The North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center at the University of North Carolina Greensboro aims to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, and to catalyze the creation of sustainable and globally competitive enterprises.  To do so, it runs a range of programs to promote entrepreneurship across campus and in the community itself.  The Center is currently focused on seven areas: creative industries, family business, franchising, health care entrepreneurship, international entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, and technology entrepreneurship.

Assessing Impact at Anchor Institutions

New anchor dashboard identifies 12 priority areas and indicators
Crossposted from Rooflines: The Shelterforce Blog

This week, The Democracy Collaborative is releasing a new paper to create a framework for measuring the effectiveness of university and hospital efforts to partner with and improve conditions in surrounding communities. Our goal is to help institutions reflect and assess broadly the long-term impact of their anchor-mission activities, and particularly the extent to which they may benefit low-income children, families and communities.

Evaluating Anchor Institutions' Work in Their Communities

October 2nd, 2013
Office of University Partnerships, US Department of Housing and Urban Development

The event will present a white paper submitted to the Annie E. Casey Foundation by the Democracy Collaborative of the University of Maryland that initiates a conversation aimed at developing some common indicators and metrics for use in measuring community engagement. Anchor institutions will be asked to review, endorse, and eventually deploy the Collaborative's proposed indicators and metrics.

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Democracy Collaborative Offers Paid Internship

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We are pleased to announce a new intern position at The Democracy Collaborative that will focus on the newsletter and adding web content. For further details, please see the position description below. Remember to submit your applications by August 30!

Harnessing the Power of University Endowments for Community Investment

Our new report outlines how students can help
Gar Alperovitz @ Roosevelt Institute

As highlighted in a recent post for The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Democracy Collaborative's new report Raising Student Voicesco-published with the Responsible Endowments Coalition, insists that "everyone benefits when colleges invest in local businesses and sustainable economic development, and that students and community organizations should work together to push for more such alliances."  

Encouragingly, student audiences have quickly proved very receptive to the idea, excited by the way university-community partnerships around investment offer a very practical approach with the potential to scale up to the size of the problems faced by economically marginalized communities.

Students Push Universities to Invest Locally

Crossposted from Rooflines

In response to my earlier post about anchor institutions and community development, Andrew Frishkoff, executive director of LISC Philadelphia, commented “Too often we have seen beneficent anchor institutions acting paternalistically on behalf of communities, instead of in partnership with them.” Frishkoff called for “intermediaries who can help to bridge the divide ... Such intermediaries need to be independent of, but accountable to, anchors and communities, with a deep understanding of both.”

Raising Student Voices: Student Action for University Community Investment

Joe Guinan, Sarah McKinley and Benzamin Yi

This new report from The Democracy Collaborative and the Responsible Endowments Coalition seeks to connect struggling communities to local institutional wealth through engaging student activism. The report profiles three administration-led initiatives and three student-led initiatives, as well as five potential future partnerships, where institutional investments are directed into local communities in a way that empowers low-income residents, develops small businesses, and generates sustainable economic development. 

Community Engagement Center, The University of New Mexico

The Community Engagement Center (CEC) at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque acts as an academic partnership and policy center for communities seeking to implement community-based solutions. CEC brings together faculty, students, neighborhoods, public institutions and government agencies to pool resources and create opportunity. Since its founding in 2000, CEC has awarded $1 million in AmeriCorps Educational Scholarships; partnered to generate nearly $20 million in federal, state and national funds for community projects, with 80 percent of those funds going directly to local communities; and served approximately 50,000 children and families throughout New Mexico.