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ERIC Number: EJ1018641
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1534-6102
From Gates to Engagement: A Ten-Year Retrospective of Widener University's Journey to Reclaim Its Soul and Fulfill Its Mission as a Leading Metropolitan University
Harris, James T., III; Pickron-Davis, Marcine
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v17 n3 p47-67 2013
In this reflective essay, we describe Widener University's 10-year transformation from a disengaged institution to an institution that has a metropolitan-focused mission vested in civic leadership, community engagement, and service-learning. We describe our journey to embed an expansive civic frame that includes concrete practices of pedagogy, institutional engagement, and community partnerships. We discuss the rewards and challenges of engaging in long-term, democratic, collaborative work, offering a unique insight about the role of a private, mid-size university in anchor-based engagement. We conclude that Widener's strategy for achieving comprehensive community and economic development is responsible for sustaining multi-anchor regional and local partnerships.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
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