New from Stylus Publishing
Engaging Higher Education
Purpose, Platforms, and Programs for Community Engagement
Marshall Welch Ph.D., D.Min
Foreword by John Saltmarsh
This book emerged from a research project conducted by Marshall Welch and John Saltmarsh from the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE), resulting in a study that was published in 2013.
“Both of us were interested in seeing what resources and infrastructures campus centers for community engagement and their institutions had to advance this work. As a practitioner scholar, I simply wanted to know what other institutions had and were using to help inform the work at my own institution. Curiously, I began getting phone calls and emails from campus directors around the country asking if they could use the results of our study for their own strategic planning and as leverage with campus administration to procure additional support and resources. Over time, we developed an inventory using best practice and the benchmarks of the Carnegie Classification to assist centers and institutions as a readiness inventory that could be used for strategic planning. It was this level of interest that sparked the idea for this book. I wanted to provide information that could inform upper-level administrators on the public purpose of community engagement within higher education as well as describe the various platforms and programs being used around the country.”
Engaging Higher Education builds from a solid, yet succinct historical foundation that articulates the public purpose of higher education. It provides a comprehensive look at what engagement is and how it can manifest itself in higher education.
Grounded in the theoretical work of Ernest Boyer, readers come to recognize the role of the academy as citizen while educating students to be good citizens, helping disseminate new knowledge that empowers the community. This book utilizes best practices reflected in the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement, coupled with the results of a comprehensive national inventory of programs and infrastructure of leading campus centers for community engagement.
This book is organized around the purpose (the “why”), platforms (the “how”), and programs (the “what”) that drive and frame community engagement in higher ed, offering practitioners valuable information on trends of current practice based on Carnegie Classification criteria.
It provides “nuts and bolts” information on how to develop community engagement programs on campuses as well as useful tools and forms in the appendix. Campus profiles provide helpful illustrations on how to institutionalize engagement.
It will also serve the needs of graduate students aspiring to become the future professoriate as engaged scholars, or considering preparation for new administrative positions being created at centers.
Marshall Welch Ph.D., D.Min has served as the Assistant Vice Provost for Engagement at Saint Mary’s College of California. Prior to this role, he was the Director of the Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action (CILSA) overseeing the service-learning and community engagement program at Saint Mary’s College. Before coming to Saint Mary’s College in 2007, Marshall was the Director of the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center at the University of Utah and a faculty member in the College of Education. He also hosted the third annual conference on service-learning research in 2003 and co-edited a book entitled, New Perspective in Service-Learning: Research to Advance the Field.
John Saltmarsh is Director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a professor in the Higher Education Doctoral Program in the Department of Leadership in Education in the College of Education and Human Development. He has published widely on community engagement including, Publicly Engaged Scholars: Next-Generation Engagement and the Future of Higher Education (2016, Stylus), edited with Margaret A. Post, Elaine Ward, and Nicholas V. Longo.
You can also keep up with Marshall Welch on his website, www.marshalljwelch.com.