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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"
figures, boxes & tables
Co-published with Campus Compact.

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.

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:
Engaging Higher Education is a wonderful and pragmatic resource that presents meticulously collected data from a wide range of institutions of higher education. This is a ‘how-to’ manual for running a successful center focused on service-learning, though many of the recommendations and practices would benefit an office focused solely on engaged scholarship. From soup to nuts, this book addresses the human and financial resources required, practices that achieve impact, and, perhaps most critical, the theoretical basis for why these practices are necessary for success. It is a must-have resource for anyone running a college or university center for service-learning and academic leaders who want to build stronger support for these initiatives.”
- Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement
“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.”
- Reflective Teaching