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ERIC Number: EJ1206344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Feb
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1047-8485
Building Capacity as Anchor Institutions: Infrastructure, Structure, and Strategy
Norris, Kristin; Weiss, H. Anne
Metropolitan Universities, v30 n1 p51-68 Feb 2019
As campuses seek to advance community engagement, and embrace their role as anchor institutions within their community, questions emerge regarding how this role connects to and informs priorities within larger institutional mission and goals. Welch & Saltmarsh (2013) have noted that, historically, infrastructure--a center or office that supports and coordinates community engagement--has been a key component to institutionalizing community engagement. This article differentiates between infrastructure and organizational structure. It identifies some implications of this, as institutions build a foundation for their anchor institution mission--who, how, and to do what. The article calls attention to what is necessary if we are to fulfill our public missions and is useful as campuses consider who is involved in conversations about their anchor work, why this is important for the community and the campus, and who should be involved.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A