University & Community Partnerships

The Anchor Dashboard at the Department of Housing and Urban Development

In November, the Democracy Collaborative's Ted Howard and Sarah McKinley, along with Charles Rutheiser of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, presented The Anchor Dashboard as part of a national webcast at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Oberlin College Adopts Impact Investing Platform

Likely largest higher education commitment to social investing in nation to date
A few weeks ago, Oberlin College, with an endowment of nearly $700 million, adopted what is likely the largest impact-investing platform to date by a college or university in the United States. Although Oberlin is just one institution, the decision provides a hopeful sign of an accelerating institutional shift toward greater socially responsible investment practices. A tremendous opportunity exists. Higher education as a sector controls more than $400 billion in endowment assets.

Will Our Universities Rekindle Their Public Purpose?

Anchor institution movement restores sense of public mission

Crossposted from Rooflines: The Shelterforce Blog

America’s colleges and universities are at a crossroads. For all too many students, a college education has become a major economic gamble. Over the past three decades, inflation-adjusted tuition has more than doubled at both public and private universities. Meanwhile, professors are harder to find: tenured and tenure-track professors have gone from roughly 45 percent of all teaching staff to less than a quarter since 1975. In short, students and their parents pay much more for much less faculty time. 

Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network

Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Co-operative Difference Research Network conducts research on the social, economic and environmental impact of co-operatives on Canadians and their communities. The Research Network's various projects and publications are available for public access on their website, where users can browse the available resources to learn more about the value of co-operatives and to better understand the linkages between them.

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

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.