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ERIC Number: EJ1096728
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1534-6102
Factors Influencing Civic Engagement at Australian and U.S. Research Universities: Two Illustrative Examples
Hartley, Matthew; Winter, Alexandra; Nunery, Leroy D., II; Muirhead, Bruce; Harkavy, Ira
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v10 n2 p25-47 2005
The founding of the Australian system of higher education closely parallels the creation of public postsecondary education in the United States during the nineteenth century. Their subsequent histories reflect a growing recognition of postsecondary education's capacity to shape the economic prospects not only of individuals, but of entire nations. Less recognized are the ways individual institutions (which collectively constitute these systems) affect their local communities. In this article, we briefly outline the economic impact of postsecondary education in Australia and the United States and then describe how a research university in each country, the University of Pennsylvania in West Philadelphia and the University of Queensland, has served as a key anchor institution for its local area. A variety of factors are explored, including local context, funding sources, university leadership, and institutional mission.
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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: Australia; Pennsylvania
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