The Engaged Campus: Toward a Comprehensive Approach to Public Engagement

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Although civic purposes are implicit in the mission statements of higher education institutions, American colleges and universities have not always embraced public engagement initiatives. This paper explores how the recent emergence of the engaged campus movement has helped move public engagement initiatives from the margins to the mainstream by integrating community engagement into the research, teaching and public service functions of the academy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-390
Number of pages16
JournalBritish Journal of Educational Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2010

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One of the earliest and most important federal programmes that focused on campus/community partnership development during this period was the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Outreach Partnership Centers (COPC) programme. Established in 1993 and operating until 2008, COPC supported the development of regional partnerships between institutions of higher education and their surrounding communities in an effort to harness the resources of colleges and universities in the service of nearby communities. Also in 1993, the United States Congress created and funded the Urban University Grant Program, which provided grant funding to support the development of urban-focused university/community collaborations. In 1994, the federal government passed the National and Community Service Trust Act, which made funds available for higher education institutions to establish service-learning initiatives that encouraged students to engage in community service projects tied to academic learning objectives. Other early investments in campus/community partnerships were made by a number of private foundations, which worked in partnership with national higher education organizations to support postsecondary institutions’ further engagement with the public.


  • civic
  • community
  • engaged campus
  • higher education
  • public engagement


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