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ERIC Number: EJ848483
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1076-0180
Community Nonprofit Organizations and Service-Learning: Resource Constraints to Building Partnerships with Universities
Bushouse, Brenda K.
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, v12 n1 p32-40 Fall 2005
Articles on service-learning champion its potential to create a win-win-win situation for the university, students, and community; however, substantial scholarly attention to pedagogical benefits for students and universities contrasts with limited research assessing community partner perspectives. This study presents findings on nonprofit organizations participating in service-learning projects as part of a graduate nonprofit management course during 2000-2003. Data indicate resource constraints of community nonprofits lead them to place a high premium on opportunity costs of staff time devoted to service-learning. Because transactional relationships are perceived as having potentially low economic risk (opportunity cost of staff time) and yielding high benefits, they are nonprofits' preferred type of relationship with universities. For universities to engage in more complex relationships, nonprofits' resource constraints must be overcome. (Contains 4 figures and 2 notes.)
Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, University of Michigan. 1024 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3310. Tel: 734-647-7402; Fax: 734-647-7464; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A