ERIC Number: ED431479
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Academic Divisions Connections to the Community: Essential for Effective Change.
Mills, Lea Gabbert
This commentary focuses on the need to develop collaborative efforts between academic divisions and the community. While the role of the public school in the community has not changed, there is growing concern that the personal interactions between schools and the community have been lost, thereby dismissing students' need to understand their civic responsibilities. The article proposes practical steps for higher education institutions to follow in creating greater, more effective connections to the community. It is recommended that the first step for colleges is to identify programs that would benefit from broad-based community input in planning for the future. Then an advisory committee of community people should be developed in order to determine community needs, assist in course preparation, select students, provide technical and resource support, and assist in public relations. The article also presents examples of community outreach programs that involve community representatives in planning details, policy making, and advisory capacity. These might include coordinating gallery shows and music events, arranging for scholarships and endowments, training programs on legal concerns, placing students in public service agencies, and assisting on Main Street projects, to name a few. The paper claims that collaborative efforts by institutions of higher education with communities surrounding these institutions will renew and revitalize the key role education has played in the past and will help serve to establish new goals in the future. (JJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA.