1st Edition

The Engaged University International Perspectives on Civic Engagement

    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    342 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Engaged University is a comprehensive empirical account of the global civic engagement movement in higher education. In universities around the world, something extraordinary is underway. Mobilizing their human and intellectual resources, institutions of higher education are directly tackling community problems – combating poverty, improving public health, and restoring environmental quality. This book documents and analyzes this exciting trend through studies of civic engagement and social responsibility at twenty institutions worldwide.

    This timely volume offers three special contributions to the literature on higher education policy and practice: a historical overview of the founding purposes of universities, which almost invariably included a context-specific element of social purpose, together with a survey of how these "founding" intentions have fared in different systems of higher education; a contemporary account of the policy and practice of universities – all over the world – seeking to re-engage with this social purpose; and an overview of generic issues which emerge for the "engaged university."

    Series Editors' Introduction, Preface, Talloires Declaration on the Civic Roles and Social Responsibilities of Higher Education, Introduction and Acknowledgements, I. University-Community Relationships: The long view, 1. Historical and Geographical Perspectives, 2. Types of Capital and Citizenship, 3. Contemporary Drivers, II. The Engaged University, 4. The project, 5. The profiles, 5.1 Australia and its Higher Education System, 6. Findings: Common patterns and influences, III. An Engaged University Movement, 7. Networks: A unifying force , 8. The world upside-side down: university engagement from the South to the North, 9. Implications for policy and practice, Appendix 1. Institutional questionnaire, Appendix 2. Field research questions, Acronyms, References, Notes on Contributors, Index


    David Watson is Principal of Green Templeton College, Oxford.

    Robert M. Hollister is Dean, and Pierre and Pamela Omidyar Professor of Citizenship and Public Service in the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University.

    Susan E. Stroud is Executive Director, Innovations in Civic Participation.

    Elizabeth Babcock is Talloires Network Coordinator, Innovations in Civic Participation.