January Community Engagement Resources

Case Studies of Community-Academic Partnerships Established Using the Give-Get Grid Model
Describes three case study experiences using the Give-Get Grid, a process tool used to assess stakeholders’ expected benefits (“gets”) and contributions (“gives”) needed to establish and maintain long-term, mutually advantageous community–academic partnerships.

Celebrating ‘Builders’ and ‘Burners’ in Student Activism by Chris Purcell
A graduate student’s opinion piece arguing that it is wrong for higher education administrations to narrowly reward and uplift student activism that makes them most comfortable.

Faculty Hopes: What do our higher-ed teachers want for their students? by Andy Tix
Discusses how faculty desire that their students develop during college and university, and how those desires come through in what transpires in the classroom.

Saddle Up: 7 Trends Coming in 2018 by Julie Peterson and Lisa Rudgers
Discusses seven major trends college leaders should prepare for.

How Can We Make Scholarship More Relevant? by Alyssa Arbuckle and Bonnie Stewart
Argues that new literacies for scholarly communications are needed if academia wants to matter – and continue to be funded – in a world where our societal narratives are shaped on media and social media platforms.

Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education by Nathan Grawe
Economist Nathan Grawe examines expected demographic shifts and creates separate demand forecasts for two-year colleges, elite institutions, and everything in between.




Service Learning by Design by Susan Root
Focused on service learning in K-12 schools, this book identifies and explores in detail the steps to backward planning of service learning, which include 1) Identifying Desired Results; 2) Creating Assessments (both formative and summative) to measure student progress and achievement of desired results; and 3) Designing Learning Experiences that support the attainment of learning goals.

The Research University Civic Engagement Network (TRUCEN) Report
Explores how community-engaged scholarship is in many ways similar to traditional scholarship, but differs in purpose, process, and product.

BRIDGE: Peer-Led Training for Interfaith Cooperation on Campus
Building Regular Interfaith Dialogue through Generous Engagement (BRIDGE) is a new series of free downloadable modules that equip campus professionals to train their peers (and student paraprofessionals) on interfaith cooperation.

A digital multiplayer roleplaying game that fosters creativity and empathy in small group deliberation. Available to print here.

Civic Studies video introduction by Peter Levine
Introduces the emerging field of civic studies.

Building and Sustaining Community Collaborations for Refugee Welcome: A Community Engagement Toolkit
This toolkit was developed under the Welcoming Refugee Project, supported by the Office of Refugee Resettlement which can help start or strengthen community collaborations to welcome refugees.

Student Learning for Civic Capacity: A Project Funded by the Teagle Foundation
Assessment material on a project to build commitment to civic responsibility.

Telling the Story of Community Engagement: Assessment for Impact by Loyola University’s Center for Community Service
A 3-video series examining ways assessment can be used to show how universities and their partner organizations are engaged with the community and tell the story of their collective impact.
Part I: Serve, Reflect, Repeat: Findings from a Decade of Service-Learning Data
Part II, Video I: Moving the Line on Poverty with Loyola University
Part II, Video II: Assessment for Impact

The Future of Undergraduate Education: The Future of America
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences formed the Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education to develop national strategy improving the quality of education. Among other findings, it notes that “A
ll college credentials – certificates and associate’s and bachelor’s degrees – should incorporate academic, career, and civic knowledge and skills as a foundation for rewarding and productive lives and careers.” Michael McPherson, co-chair of the commission that wrote the report, former president of Macalester College, and former co-chair of the MN Campus Compact board, discusses the report further here.