Building a two-way street: Challenges and opportunities for community engagement at research universities

David J. Weerts, Lorilee R. Sandmann

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Abstract

Recent reforms in the Carnegie Foundation classification system and regional accreditation standards have fueled momentum for community engagement in higher education. This study employs a knowledge-flow conceptual framework to identify barriers and facilitators that influence the adoption of an engagement agenda at land-grant and urban research universities. With data drawn from six cases, broad themes related to institutional setting, history, epistemologies, leadership, structures, and boundary-spanning roles of faculty and staff emerged as key levers or inhibitors of community engagement at research universities. Implications for practice and future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-106
Number of pages34
JournalReview of Higher Education
Volume32
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008

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