If you would like to learn more about "civic engagement" and "service-learning," please visit the following sites for additional information:
The International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership
The International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership, founded in 1982, is a not-for-profit educational organization incorporated in New York State serving students, colleges, universities, service agencies and related organizations around the world by fostering programs that link volunteer service to the community and academic study.
The Association for Community and Higher Education Partnerships
"Association for Community and Higher Education Partnerships (ACHEP) Members strives to create a national organization that promotes, enhances and sustains community-higher education partnerships aimed at improving the quality of life and opportunities available to residents of economically distressed communities through:
The production and exchange of knowledge, Advocacy for resources, and Promotion of significant changes in institutions of higher education, government, and communities."
The Clearinghouse & National Review Board for the Scholarship of Engagement
"The Clearinghouse for the Scholarship of Engagement is designed to: Sponsor the National Review Board for the Scholarship of Engagement to provide external peer review and evaluation of faculty's scholarship of engagement; Provide consultation, training, and technical assistance to campuses who are seeking to develop or strengthen systems in support of the scholarship of engagement; Conduct forums, programs, and regional conferences on topics related to the scholarship of engagement; Provide a faculty mentoring program with opportunities for less experienced faculty to learn from the outreach experiences of more seasoned outreach scholars."
The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities
"Metropolitan Universities are institutions that strive to be responsive to the needs of our communities, to include teaching that is adaptable to the diverse needs of our metropolitan students, and to build close working relationships with elementary and secondary schools so as to improve the overall quality of education.
Metropolitan Universities combine research-based learning with practical application and are dedicated to creating interdisciplinary partnerships and forming alliances with outside public and private organizations to resolve complex metropolitan problems. Within the university environment, our colleges and universities seek to educate students to become informed and engaged citizens who will play a role in the betterment of society."
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of University Partnerships
"Recognizing the crucial role that America's institutions of higher education can play in rebuilding communities large and small, HUD established the Office of University Partnerships (OUP) in 1994 to encourage and expand the efforts of institutions of higher education that are striving to make a difference in their communities through funding opportunities. Whether the institution has a venerable history of reaching out to lower income neighborhoods or is just beginning to explore the potential of such partnerships, OUP can help increase the scope, effectiveness, and sustainability of its community-building efforts.
THE OFFICE HAS THREE GOALS: To recognize, reward, and build upon successful examples of universities' activities in local revitalization projects; To create the next generation of urban scholars and encourage them to focus their work on housing and community development policy; and To create partnerships with other Federal Agencies to support innovative teaching, research, and service partnerships."
Community-Campus Partnerships of Health
"Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) is a nonprofit organization that promotes health through partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions. Founded in 1996, we are a growing network of over 1000 communities and campuses. CCPH has members throughout the United States and increasingly the world who are collaborating to promote health through service-learning, community-based participatory research, broad-based coalitions and other partnership strategies. These partnerships are powerful tools for improving health professional education, civic engagement and the overall health of communities.
[CCPH] is working toward a number of shared goals, including: Building the capacity of communities and higher educational institutions to engage each other as partners, Incorporating service-learning into the education of all health professionals, Recognizing and rewarding community-based teaching, research and service, and Developing partnerships that balance power and share resources among partners"
The National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good
"The National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good will significantly increase awareness, understanding, commitment, and action relative to the public service role of higher education in the United States."
National Campus Compact
"Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 950 college and university presidents-representing some 5 million students-who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. As the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, Campus Compact promotes public and community service that develops students' citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships, and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum."