ERIC Number: EJ858615
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 11
Will It Last? Evidence of Institutionalization at Carnegie Classified Community Engagement Institutions
Holland, Barbara A.
New Directions for Higher Education, n147 p85-98 Fall 2009
The traditional question inferred by attention to institutionalization is, "Will it last?" or "Will it die out when there is a new leader or when the grant ends?" In the case of community engagement, attention to institutionalization reveals a more complex portrait of organizational change that includes a critical reflection on not only the institution's purposes but also the cultural values essential to the nature of engagement itself. The launch of the Carnegie elective Community Engagement Classification presents an opportunity to consider the impact of community engagement on academia, but perhaps not just through a focus on traditional indicators of institutionalization. The data reported by institutional applicants provide an interesting portrait of organizational change in action: changes that illustrate how community engagement is helping colleges and universities become more explicit about their missions, the learning environment that students experience, the design and rewards for faculty work, and the ways they develop and sustain dynamic partnership relationships with other entities. The process of measuring and reflecting on the implementation of community engagement may well be illuminating wider, more fundamental changes in tertiary institutions as they seek to improve and demonstrate performance and value. Other chapters in this volume describe the details of the elective classification template and consider how institutions have responded to questions regarding the role of leadership and issues such as rewards policies, curricular activities, partnership models, and other aspects of institutional actions and strategies regarding community engagement. This chapter looks across all of these factors to consider how engagement is affecting the applicant organizations and what approaches seem to be associated with levels of institutionalization or, perhaps more accurate, organizational change.
Descriptors: Classification, Higher Education, School Community Relationship, College Administration, Organizational Change, School Culture, Models, Measurement
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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