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School of Education & Social Policy

Future of Community Engagement in Higher Education

There are by now over fifty academic programs – majors and minors – focused on community engagement, broadly defined, scattered across higher education. The 2010, 2011, and 2012 research institutes brought together scholars, students, and community participants to engage critical questions of what it means to have an “academic home” for community engagement in higher education. Join an ever-growing group of administrators, faculty, researchers, graduate students, and community partners for the next step in growing this academic movement.


2013 Summer Institute

The 4th Annual Summer Research Institute on the Future of Community Engagement will bring together scholars from around the United States to develop and strengthen certificates, minors and majors in community engagement. This year’s summer institute is being held in conjunction with the Frontiers of Democracy conference, July 18-July 20, 2013.

This summer, the institute will offer a particular opportunity to dialogue about the ‘place’ for place-based education and the implications for forging community connections against the backdrop of an increasing trend towards online learning.

Key Highlights include…

  • Our keynote speaker, Paul LeBlanc, President, Southern New Hampshire University on College for AmericaThe Future of Civic Engagement in an Online World
  • Sessions exploring the intricacies of…

—Strengthening academic programs in Community Engagement
           —Using & integrating core competencies in Civic Engagement
                      —The impact of online education for Community Engagement

Use the links to the right to register, see the Agenda & Critical Friends sessions, and visit the Center’s website. 

The registration fee for the summer institute is $70. The combined reduced rate for the summer institute and the Frontiers conference is $200. Registration for one or both of these conferences is available on the registration page.

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