The influential 2012 report A Crucible Moment called on higher education to infuse support for civic learning and democratic engagement in every aspect of institutional life, including research, teaching, and campus activities. The authors recognized that this would require significant … Continue reading Breaking Ground: A Wellspring of Civic Energy
Over the last few years the events in Ferguson, Baltimore and Charleston have elevated the need for fresh discussion in the higher education civic engagement space on how to thoughtfully frame the tensions that emerge in our theory and inform … Continue reading OPINION: Higher Ed Civic Engagement In The Post-Ferguson Era Means We Get Uncomfortable
Like many urban-serving institutions, Virginia Commonwealth University is located in a high-needs community where K-12 students struggle just to learn and prepare for their futures. At Richmond’s Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, for example, the majority of students come … Continue reading VCU Launches New University-Community Partnership: the MLK Jr Collaborative Intervention Project
As author Rebecca Solnit once wrote, “In great cities, spaces as well as places are designed and built.” Urban-serving universities have a significant role to play in building shared spaces where members of the university and local community can collaborate … Continue reading Building Shared Spaces for Shared Work
One of the first things students ask when they walk into my office is: “What can I do with a kinesiology major?” When I flip the question around and ask them what they’d like to do with it, the answer … Continue reading 3 Wins for Students, Communities, and Public Health
At the USU Summer meeting at Cleveland State University, our theme was deep collaboration between campus and community. As part of the event, we had a for-fun pitch session whereby three university representatives had five minutes to pitch to a panel of community judges. The winning collaborative was Wayne State University’s College of Engineering Warrior STEAM Saturdays. Pitched by Jasmine Roberson, Director, Community Engagement, College of Engineering, Wayne State University, the project offers hands on science technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) activities on six Saturdays throughout the year to Detroit K-12 students. The purpose is to motivate students to … Continue reading Building Deep University-City Collaboration: Wayne State’s Warrior STEAM Saturdays
At the USU Summer meeting, our speakers took a microscope to university-city partnerships and we used a graphic recorder to document their insights and lessons learned. Take a look at the results from three panels. It is an exciting way to share knowledge. The session Leading Change on Campus, as you can see above, taught us that leading change requires engaging with your faculty, staff, students and stakeholders, having a clear plan but a laser focus on execution, ensuring you communicate goals in a form everyone understands, and making course corrections along the way to support your students toward graduation. … Continue reading Deep Collaboration Between Campus and Community, Visually Depicted
Building a Region: The CSU 5
Five California State University campuses serving Los Angeles have committed to working collaboratively to lend their combined research, education and service capabilities to help shape the future of their region. Working together, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Los Angeles, CSU Long Beach and CSU Northridge can implement large scale efforts to promote economic and community development and create a powerful network –an Innovation and Industry Commons for Greater LA—that supports employers and better prepares students for the regional workforce. CSU5 was another exciting innovation pitched at the Lumina sponsored Innovation Pitch Challenge. Continue reading “Building a Region: CSU5 for Greater Los Angeles”
Another innovative program unearthed by the Innovation Pitch Challenge funded with a grant from Lumina Foundation, is Fresno State’s Top Dog Talks.
Next Stop: Fresno, California
Still in the planning stages, “Top Dog Talks” will bring alumni who are leading employers to Fresno State campus to share their expertise and experience in a series of TED-like talks. Fresno State’s “The Year of the Top Dogs” will feature multiple “Top Dog Talks” events presented live to audiences. Continue reading “Connecting Students to Employers: Top Dog Talks”
USU put that question to its members. With a grant from Lumina Foundation, we held an innovation pitch session in November, 2014. Eleven universities pitched eleven approached. They were all excellent. We’ll be featuring them over the coming months. Join us for the journey.
First Stop: Southern Florida
In South Florida, academic institutions, economic development agencies, non-profit and industry partners have come together to create the Talent Development Network. Its purpose: develop and retain talent regionally and create a regional internship culture that aligns curricula to employers’ needs and facilitates later job placement for students. Continue reading “Connecting Students to the Labor Market: The Talent Development Network”