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What We’re Reading: Michigan Journal of CSL

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Beginning with this issue, Volume 23 Number 1 (fall 2016), each issue of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (MJCSL) will be published using an open access digital format. MJCSL will no longer have a one-year embargo period. Each issue will be accessible upon its release.

MJCSL – it’s what we’re reading!

Research and Theory

Special Section: The SLCE Future Directions Project
Guest Co-Editors: Patti H. Clayton, Sarah E. Stanlick, Edward Zlotkowski, and Lori E. Kniffin

Learning From and With Community Organizations to Navigate the Tensions of Democratic Engagement

Brandon Whitney, Stacey Muse, Barbara Harrison, Kathleen E. Edwards, and Patti Clayton

Winding Pathways to Engagement: Creating a Front Door

Lori E. Kniffin, Timothy J. Shaffer, and Mary H. Tolar

Values-Engaged Assessment: Reimagining Assessment through the Lens of Democratic Engagement

Joe Bandy, Anna Bartel, Patti H. Clayton, Sylvia Gale, Heather Mack, Julia Metzker, Georgia Nigro, Mary Price, and Sarah Stanlick

Responses to the Call for a National Strategic Plan

Lori E. Kniffin and Jeffrey Howard

Book Review Essays

7 AASCU Campuses Awarded BTtoP Campus Dialogue Grants

Congratulations to the seven AASCU campuses that received one of 31 Campus Dialogue Grants for Realizing Higher Education’s Greater Purposes from Bringing Theory to Practice! The seven campuses include:

  • California State University Chico
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Humboldt State University (Calif.)
  • Rowan University (N.J.)
  • SUNY Buffalo State College (N.Y.)
  • University of Houston Downtown (Texas)
  • University of Washington Bothell

According to the BTtoP website:

Under the 2017-2018 RFP, campus dialogue grants of up to $5,000 for a single institution were offered to provide support for one-year projects based around thematically integrated gatherings or dialogues involving a core group of diverse campus constituents. The 31 awarded grants, chosen from a meritorious group of over 230 proposals, will provide support for one-year projects (calendar year 2017) based around a set of thematically integrated gatherings or “dialogues” involving a core group of diverse campus constituents. Including required matching funds, the dedicated amount for these projects totals over $450,000. BTtoP’s support for these projects was made possible through the Endeavor Foundation of New York City.

While the designs of the proposed dialogues and the rosters of intended dialogue participants reflect each institution’s unique campus culture and attentiveness to current issues, ultimately these projects will facilitate the greater purposes of higher education: learning and discovery, well-being, civic engagement, and preparation for living meaningfully in the world. BTtoP’s hope is that these dialogues will lead to a change in the narrative around higher education from one that views a college education primarily as a pathway to a better job to one that views higher education as a pathway to a better life.

For their formal grant reporting requirement, awarded Campus Dialogue grantees will be invited and expected to participate as authors on a campus dialogue grant WordPress site: https://bttopcampusdialoguegrants.wordpress.com/. Through the WordPress site, BTtoP hopes to encourage a forum for building a transparent and collaborative community of practice, as well as foster relationships among grantees.

You’ll find the full story here: BTtoP Awards 31 Campus Dialogue Grants for Realizing Higher Education’s Greater Purposes

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