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NERCHE Virtual Think Tank: Becoming Stewards of Place with George Mehaffy

NERCHE Virtual Think Tank

Becoming Stewards of Place:
Strategies for Institution-Community Engagement

George Mehaffy
AASCU’s Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change

May 7th, 2014 | Noon-1:30 PM (Eastern)

About the Session
In 2002, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) published a monograph, Stepping Forward as Stewards of Place, arguing that regional comprehensive universities have a special opportunity to serve their communities.  At a time when traditional institutions feel besieged by a rapidly changing landscape, defining themselves as “stewards of place” offers new possibilities.  Collaborating with communities, and thinking of the border between campus and community as porous and permeable, provides new insights and opportunities for teaching, research, and service.  The community becomes the classroom, the focus for collaborative research, and the opportunity for service. This webinar will focus on AASCU’s two 2014 monographs in the Stewards of Place series, both of which demonstrate that stewardship of place can make institutions stronger and more relevant in the 21st century.  One study examines AASCU applications for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification in 2008 and 2010, offering analysis of the models and approaches used for this emerging area of collaboration.  The other monograph identifies four key areas of stewardship: civic engagement, P-12 schools, community and economic development, and internationalization

About the Presenter
George Mehaffy serves as the Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).  His division is responsible for a number of special programs and projects for AASCU presidents and chief academic officers in the areas of leadership and organizational change in higher education, focusing on issues such as technology, teacher education, international education, and civic engagement.  His most prominent recent initiative was the design and launch of the Red Balloon Project, an effort to assist member institutions in adapting to the rapidly changing world of higher education.  Other recent projects have included international partnership programs in Asia and Africa, an articulation and transfer initiative with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC); a multi-state project on evidence in teacher education; a collaborative effort with two other national organizations on graduation rates and Hispanic student success; and a series of technology conferences for university teams at the University of Central Florida in partnership with EDUCAUSE.  In 2003, he launched a new civic engagement initiative, the American Democracy Project (ADP), a partnership with The New York Times and more than 250 AASCU colleges and universities, representing more than 1.8 million students

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