If you would like to learn more about "civic engagement" and "service-learning," please visit the following sites for additional information:
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," via community partnerships. Marietta College works closely with the Ohio Chapter of Campus Compact.
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." They can be models to look at in terms of looking to revitalize communities and work beyond a few blocks of the instutition.
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."
Community-Campus Partnerships of Health (CCPH)
"CCPH is a nonprofit organization that promotes health through partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions. These partnerships are powerful tools for improving health professional education, civic engagement and the overall health of communities.... [CCPH] is working toward...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"
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."