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ERIC Number: EJ764532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1360-080X
Establishing University-Community Partnerships: Processes and Benefits
Buys, Nicholas; Bursnall, Samantha
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, v29 n1 p73-86 Mar 2007
Many academics do not view community engagement as a priority in their work. Yet, in an increasingly competitive funding environment, there is evidence that many benefits arise from the creation of university-community partnerships. This paper describes a study that documents the experience of seven academics successfully establishing community partnerships. Specifically, it examines the processes by which partnerships are established and implemented using Sargent and Waters's framework of academic collaboration. It also explores the perceived benefits of partnerships to the academics and the university. Findings indicate that a range of benefits result from such partnerships in terms of research, teaching and community recognition. They also suggest that, while Sargent and Waters's framework is useful in describing the collaborative process, a number of refinements are required to adequately account for university-community partnerships. Implications of these findings for universities are discussed, including the need for tertiary institutions to adopt engagement as a "core value" and to better reward and support academics for developing and maintaining community partnerships. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia