ERIC Number: ED448662
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Strategic Community Partnerships. Exemplars.
Wegner, Gregory R.
In January 2000, the Knight Collaborative for Higher Education began an intensive 4-month engagement with 4 higher education institutions focusing on the development of strategic community partnerships. The four institutions were: (1) Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; (2) Michigan State University; (3) the State University of New York, College at Geneseo; and (4) Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania. The initiative provided opportunities for leadership teams from these four institutions to compare notes, define the principles of community engagement, and develop action plans and criteria for evaluating success. All four institutions were motivated by the understanding that their own futures were directly dependent on the social and economic livelihoods of their own regions. Their discussions focused on defining the principles of partnership, engaging the community, building internal commitment, and sustaining the effort. They compared their experiences in partnership efforts and worked on ways to establish landmarks toward progress. In each case, the institution recognized that community partnerships provide an avenue for teaching by example in addition to precept, conveying the value of community and civic participation on the basis of what they do as well as what they say. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami, FL.
Authoring Institution: Knight Collaborative, Akron, OH.; Institute for Research on Higher Education, Philadelphia, PA.