Campus-Community Partnerships

Campus-Community Partnerships

See also: Important Readings on Campus-Community Partnerships

Our Community Advisory Committee (CAC) has published “A Tool to Develop and Nurture Campus-Community Partnerships“.

The practice of campus-community partnerships has gained significant attention in recent years from numerous sectors including the Office of Housing and Urban Development and the National Taskforce on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement. Thanks to the work of organizations like Campus Compact, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH ), the Clinical and Translational Science Award Consortium and others, we have a greater understanding of the principles and frameworks outlining how potential partners should enter into, sustain, assess and celebrate their partnerships.

Despite this body of work, community organizations still struggle to ‘peel the onion’ of the campus in an effort to find ways to support each others’ goals. Within the Academy, there continues to be a need for greater attention to policies that support more strategic, mutually enhancing forms of partnership.

Our challenge is to continue to raise the quality and intentionality related to developing and nurturing campus-community partnerships. With that as a target, this tool outlines five priority areas of strong partnerships, namely:

I. Foundations
II. Mission and Purpose
III. Communications
IV. Capital
V. Ongoing Assessment

This tool would be beneficial to professionals responsible for reaching out from the campus to community organizations OR in support of community organizations that wish to partner with a college or university in ways that promote shared success. This tool also could serve as a framing document when creating policies or guidelines governing partnerships.

Workshop Design for Tool Use

It is recommended that workshops designed to use the Partnership Tool take the form of panel presentations and small table work. Key questions to reflect on are:

  • What do you consider vital in establishing new partnerships?
  • What has led you to invest in your partnership, and elaborate on the outcomes you look for? How are outcomes decided upon?
  • How are outcomes evaluated, by whom, and with what result?
  • What sustains your partnership?
  • What institutional changes would you recommend to support the quality of your partnership?

Important Readings on Campus-Community Partnerships

Andrews, Jane, Alice D. Elliott, Tracy Harkins, Debra Nitschke-Shaw, Deborah Scire, Cassandra Thomas. A Tool to Support the Growth and Development of Collaborative Partnerships. Maine Campus Compact, 2003. Print.

Atum, Elder, Cynthia Barnes-Boyd, Suzanne Cashman, Stephanie A. Farquhar, Susan A. Gust, Jen Kauper-Brown, Lynn Lavallee, Creshelle Nash, Ann-Gel S. Palermo, Peggy M. Shepard and Sacoby Wilson, “Principles of Good Community-Campus Partnership” Community Campus Partnerships for Health. CCPH, September 2005. Discussion.

Clinical and Translational Science Award Consortium’s Community Engagement Key Function Committee. Researchers and Their Communities: The Challenge of Meaningful Community Engagement. Web. 21 May 2012.

Gelmon, Sherril B., Barbara A. Holland, Amy Driscoll, Amy Spring and Seanna Kerrigan. Assessing Service Learning and Civic Engagement. Campus Compact, 2001. Print.

Holland, Barbara A., Sherril Gelmon, Lawrence W. Green, Ella Greene-Moton and Timothy K. Stanton. “Community-University Partnerships; Translating Evidence into Action”. National Symposium on Community-University Partnerships, Office of University Partnerships and Community-Campus Partnerships for Health. San Diego, CA . 26 April 2003. Discussion.

Timothy K. Stanton. “Community-University Partnerships; Translating Evidence into Action”. National Symposium on Community-University Partnerships, Office of University Partnerships and Community-Campus Partnerships for Health. San Diego, CA . 26 April 2003. Discussion.

Torres, Jan. Benchmarks for Campus/Community Partnerships. Providence, RI : Campus Compact, 2000. Print.

White, Byron P. “Power, Privilege, and the Public: The Dynamics of Community-University Collaboration.” New Directions for Higher Education. 2010.152 (2011): 67-74. Print.

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