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Engaging Higher Education
Purpose, Platforms, and Programs for Community Engagement

Foreword by John Saltmarsh
Paper: 978 1 62036 384 3 / $45.00 Published: July 2016

Cloth: 978 1 62036 383 6 / $95.00 Published: August 2016

Lib E-Book: 978 1 62036 385 0 / $95.00
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Published: August 2016

E-Book: 978 1 62036 386 7 / $35.99 Published: August 2016

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
312 pp., 6" x 9"
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For directors of campus centers that have received the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement, this book offers research and models to further advance their work. For directors starting out, or preparing for application for the Carnegie Classification, it provides guidance on setting up and structuring centers as well as practical insights into the process of application and the criteria they will need to meet.

Building on the findings of the research undertaken by the author and John Saltmarsh on the infrastructure of campus centers for engagement that have received the Carnegie Classification for Community, this book responds to the expressed needs of the participating center directors for models and practices they could share and use with faculty, and mid-level and upper-level administrators to more fully embed engagement into institutional culture and practice.

This book is organized around the purpose (the “why”), platforms (the “how”), and programs (the “what”) that drive and frame community engagement in higher education, offering practitioners valuable information on trends of current practice based on Carnegie Classification criteria. It will also serve the needs of graduate students aspiring to become the future professoriate as engaged scholars, or considering preparation for new administrative positions being created at centers.

Co-published with Campus Compact

Table of Contents:
John Saltmarsh



Part One: Purpose
1) Pathway of Public Purpose: Getting to Now
2) What is Engagement?

Part Two: Platforms
3) Institutionalizing Community Engagement
4) Implementing Community Engagement
5) Infrastructure and Operations of Campus Centers for Engagement

Part Three: Programs
6) Engaging Students
7) Engaging Faculty
8) Engaging Community Partners
9) Promise, Peril, and Projections




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Reviews & Endorsements:
“Marshall Welch’s book is the new version of the book that Zlotkowski did [Successful Service Learning Programs] eighteen years ago, and equally invaluable. And like the earlier book, it captures the evolving nature of the infrastructure supporting campus engagement.

This book has the kind of detailed richness that can only come through deeply grounded experience, the vast and deep practice knowledge that Welch brings to our understanding of the work of community engagement centers. And, as was true with Zlotkowski’s earlier book, this is an essential guide for community engagement professionals and for democratically engaged administrators who are tackling the challenges of educating for democracy and transforming their campuses.

Since the emergence of centers for community engagement on campuses in the late 1980s, they have always been located in the nexus of larger tensions and challenges faced by higher education, as they are today. This book allows us to see their purpose and functions more clearly as we face new challenges and they continue to evolve. We need this book now to better navigate the institutional complexity of community engagement in order to create the campuses we want for a healthy and vibrant democracy.”
- John A. Saltmarsh, Director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) , University of Massachusetts
“Rarely in a maturing scholarly field does a volume provide both breadth and depth of scholarship, but Marshall Welch’s volume accomplishes this feat masterfully. Welch provides an overview of the community engagement field in its current state, rooted in research and scholarly analysis. From its historical origins as a movement to the evolution of community engagement as a field, this volume extends an evidence-based synthesis of how higher education systems structure and implement community engagement, as well as a 'how-to' for higher education institutions. It will serve multiple purposes for higher education administrators, faculty, community engagement center directors, and graduate students in education.”
- Patrick M. Green, Founding Director, Center for Experiential Learning, Loyola University Chicago; Past Board Chair , International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement