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ERIC Number: EJ905422
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1534-6102
Collecting Data to Inform Decision Making and Action: The University of Vermont's Faculty Community Engagement Tool
Westdijk, Kate; Koliba, Christopher; Hamshaw, Kelly
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v14 n2 p5-33 2010
Evaluative instruments designed to assess a university's or college's institutionalization of service-learning practices have been devised and widely utilized. These instruments often come with assumptions about aligning data with decision making. To date, attempts to document community engagement practices within a department or an entire school/college within a comprehensive university are lacking in the literature. This article addresses that gap by presenting an approach that inventories faculty community engagement activities at the levels of a school and a department within a major research university. It also highlights the potential application of the results of this process for the decision-making of several audiences, ranging from institutional leaders seeking to strengthen outreach efforts to outreach staff looking to improve their programming. (Contains 5 figures, 3 tables and 2 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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