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Perry, Lane; Farmer, Betty; Onder, David; Tanner, Benjamin; Burton, Carol – Metropolitan Universities, 2015
As a descriptive case study from Western Carolina University (WCU), this article describes the development of a measuring, monitoring, and tracking system (the WCU Community-based Activities Survey) for faculty engagement in, adoption of, and impact through community engagement practices both internal and external to their courses. This paper will…
Descriptors: Community Surveys, Case Studies, Teacher Participation, College Faculty
Tekula, Rebecca; Shah, Archana; Jhamb, Jordan – Metropolitan Universities, 2015
Metropolitan universities are well poised in communities to be intermediaries among various actors involved in social innovation. Pace University established one of the first institutes on social entrepreneurship. Its unique position at the university level allows programming to transcend certain institutional challenges. The emerging field of…
Descriptors: Universities, Entrepreneurship, Partnerships in Education, Experiential Learning
Grandgenett, Neal; Edick, Nancy; Boocker, Dave; Ali, Hesham; Hodge, Angie; Dorn, Brian; Cutucache, Christine – Metropolitan Universities, 2015
Strong collaborative partnerships are critical to the ongoing success of any urban or metropolitan university in its efforts to build the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) career pathways so critical to our nation. At the University of Nebraska at Omaha, we have established a faculty leadership structure of "community…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Partnerships in Education, Undergraduate Students, Department Heads
Fanuzzi, Robert; Gold, Kenneth; Seigel, Samantha; Cuccia, Christopher; Kress, Michael; Sanchez, Sandy – Metropolitan Universities, 2015
In order to confront lower than average completion rates in New York City and to provide a strong economic and civic foundation for Staten Island, the borough's three institutions of higher education, College of Staten Island/City University of New York, St. John's University, and Wagner College, have brought together their high school and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship, College Readiness
Custer, Nic – Metropolitan Universities, 2015
This paper focuses on how the University of Michigan-Flint's Innovation Incubator supports emerging for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations through programming, business plan development, and ongoing mentorship. The Incubator is especially interested in supporting start-ups that address key social issues in the surrounding community,…
Descriptors: Universities, Educational Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Social Problems
Bomberger, Ann; Homan, Michelle – Metropolitan Universities, 2015
This article describes the development and ongoing operations of the GreenEriePA.org project, a portal to all things environmental in Erie County, PA. Through regular input from community partners, GreenEriePA turned into a much larger, long-term project than the faculty coordinators at Gannon University, Erie, PA, originally anticipated. We…
Descriptors: Web Sites, School Community Programs, College Role, Colleges
Kula, Michael – Metropolitan Universities, 2015
As theater audiences decline society-wide, university theater programs have felt the impact, with many being cut back as institutions face difficult economic decisions. The Tacoma Theater Project at the University of Washington-Tacoma is an innovative effort to resist this trend. By working with professional theater groups in a partnership…
Descriptors: Audiences, Theater Arts, Colleges, Urban Schools
Getto, Guiseppe; McCunney, Dennis – Metropolitan Universities, 2015
Institutions are increasingly being called upon to collect large amounts of data to demonstrate community impact. At institutions with strong and wide-reaching public engagement/service missions, this expectation is even greater--both for quality improvement and for demonstrating regional transformation. Despite these expectations, the…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Incentives, School Culture, Educational Quality
Beckett, Kelsey – Metropolitan Universities, 2015
University-community partnerships have always been an important part of Towson University's mission and charge as an anchor institution in the Baltimore metropolitan region. After the recent unrest in Baltimore, these partnerships are more important than ever. This paper will explore Towson's institutional partnership governance and new…
Descriptors: School Community Relationship, Governance, Institutional Mission, Futures (of Society)
Stanton-Nichols, Kathleen; Hatcher, Julie; Cecil, Amanda – Metropolitan Universities, 2015
Strategies to institutionalize service-learning are well documented (Furco 1996; Holland, 2000). Using Kecskes (2009) Community-Engaged Department Rubric we evaluated service-learning institutionalization within a school at a metropolitan campus. As a result, we propose adding an additional dimension, social return on investment. This added…
Descriptors: Service Learning, School Community Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Metropolitan Areas
Talmage, Craig A.; Dombrowski, Rosemarie; Pstross, Mikulas; Peterson, C. Bjørn; Knopf, Richard C. – Metropolitan Universities, 2015
Applied community learning experiences for university students are promising endeavors in downtown urban environments. Past research is applied to help better comprehend a community engagement initiative conducted in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The initiative aimed to illuminate the socio-cultural diversity of the downtown area utilizing…
Descriptors: Urban Areas, Story Telling, College Students, Experiential Learning
Siewell, Nicholas; Aguirre, Stephanie; Thomas, Madhavappallil – Metropolitan Universities, 2015
Building communities through creative community garden projects is increasingly common and seems to create beneficial effects for participants. This study recognizes the need to understand the impact of gardens on low socioeconomic neighborhoods. By conducting a needs assessment study and establishing a community garden, we were able to study its…
Descriptors: School Community Relationship, Universities, Gardening, Well Being
Holliday, Michelle L.; DeFalco, Tony; Sherman, Jacob D. B. – Metropolitan Universities, 2015
This article profiles a partnership between the Living Cully ecodistrict and Portland State University's Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative. The case studies presented in this article explore how Living Cully leveraged PSU assets to advance their goals, highlighting successes and lessons learned. This article also addresses how the partnership…
Descriptors: School Community Relationship, College Role, Neighborhoods, Sustainability
Reitenauer, Vicki L.; Korzun, Tetiana; Lane, Kimberly; Roberts, Melinda Joy – Metropolitan Universities, 2015
Designed in response to students' requests for a capstone where they could form their own individual partnerships in the communities of their choosing, Effective Change Agent offers a structure for community-based learning that allows for high levels of student choice-making and agency. In this article, the authors describe the course; connect it…
Descriptors: Change Agents, College Students, Service Learning, College Curriculum
Kerrigan, Seanna M.; Reitenauer, Vicki L.; Arevalo-Meier, Nora – Metropolitan Universities, 2015
In the past two decades, the literature on campus-community partnerships as core components of pedagogies of engagement has grown exponentially. In this article, the director and a longtime faculty member of Portland State University's capstone program report on interviews conducted with ten faculty-community partner pairs, gleaning insights on…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, College Faculty, Interviews, Partnerships in Education
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