Reviews & Endorsements:
“Welch’s volume is based on the Carnegie Foundation’s significant research study on existing community engagement offices at several major American universities and the conceptual writings on community engagement by John Saltmarsh. Welch outlines the purpose of, platforms for, and programs involved with community engagement. The strength of the volume is Welch’s thorough analysis and systematizing of the Carnegie report.”
“In Engaging Higher Education: Purpose, Platforms, and Programs for Community Engagement, Marshall Welch discusses the history of community engagement in higher education and argues that engagement is part of its original purpose. The book describes the history of community engagement in higher education, discusses opportunities for it to engage with the community, and concludes with ideas for community engagement programs in higher education.
As higher education practitioners and researchers, we enjoyed the comprehensive nature of this book. As a guide to literature about community engagement in higher education, it is a valuable resource for those new to the field and those who are familiar with community engagement. Second, it does an excellent job of tying engagement to the core function or purpose of a university and the higher education system. Third, the volume articulates the different dimensions of how a university that is fully committed to engagement can institutionalize engagement activities. Although not labeled as such, the text provides sufficient guidance to incorporate or improve a community engagement program at our own institution. We also discovered the content that was presented to be comprehensive, useful, and action oriented. As such, we appreciated the author’s approach to their material.”
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