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Becoming an Engaged Campus: A Practical Guide for Institutionalizing Public Engagement

By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project

“America’s colleges and universities have a long and distinguished record of responding to the nation’s call,” so begins the authors of a new book, Becoming an Engaged Campus: A Practical Guide for Institutionalizing Public Engagement. I would argue that the most important call placed on American higher education is that sounded by our nation’s democracy. I am delighted to announce that this book, written by ADP Northern Kentucky University chapter leaders Carole Beere, James Votruba and Gail Wells , could not have come at a better time in terms of providing an answer to democracy’s call. In line with AASCU Steward’s of Place notion that encourages campuses to be economic and democratic stewards of their region, this book offers practical guidance for university leaders hoping to foster meaningful engagement with their communities. A sampling of the many helpful and important topics covered in this book are as follows:

  • Creating an institutional mission and vision for engagement
  • Engaging in a process of institutional strategic planning around community/university engagement
  • Garnering support for community/university engagement
  • Aligning the various leaders on campus for community engagement

I am particularly excited about this book because the authors explore the nitty gritty details of what it takes to institutionalize community engagement on college campuses. I highly recommend this book to ADP leaders around the nation who are working to translate their civic work from being a boutique activity that is experienced by few students on campus into an institutional identify and culture on campus.

More information from the book’s website is below.

Becoming an Engaged Campus offers campus leaders a systematic and detailed approach to creating an environment where public engagement can grow and flourish. The book explains not only what to do to expand community engagement and how to do it, but it also explores how to document, evaluate, and communicate university engagement efforts.

Praise for Becoming an Engaged Campus

“This provocative yet exceedingly practical book looks at all of the angles and lays bare the opportunities and barriers for campus-community engagement while providing detailed pathways toward change. This comprehensive treatise marks a significant shift in the literature from the what and why of public engagement to the how. It is simply superb!”—Kevin Kecskes, associate vice provost for engagement, Portland State University

“Becoming an Engaged Campus is an essential guidebook for university leaders. It details the specific ways that campuses must align all aspects of the institution if they are to be successful in the increasingly important work of community outreach and engagement.”—George L. Mehaffy, vice president for academic leadership and change, American Association of State Colleges and Universities

“Most colleges and universities make the rhetorical claim of community engagement; this book is an excellent primer on how to transform the rhetoric into reality. The authors do not speak in abstract terms. They describe the specific structures, policies, and programs that have made Northern Kentucky University a national model of how a large urban university can transform its impact on the region it is supposed to serve.”—William E. Kirwan, chancellor, University System of Maryland

To order a copy of this book, please visit this website.

Becoming an Engaged Campus: A Practical Guide for Institutionalizing Public Engagement
Carole A. Beere, James C. Votruba, Gail W. Wells, Lee S. Shulman (Foreword by)
ISBN: 978-0-470-53226-3
272 pages
April 2011

US $40.00

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