How can colleges and universities build capacity for civic engagement and civic development? Previous monographs in the Civic Series have examined various ways of achieving this purpose—strengthening student learning, involving the faculty, and establishing campus-community partnerships. Civic Engagement, Civic Development, and Higher Education, the fourth in the series, focuses on the instrumental role of leadership and highlights the importance of individuals who are integral to the building process. Included among the authors are presidents, chancellors, deans, and distinguished professors who recognize the infrastructure required for implementation, and whose leadership takes the work to the next level. These are individuals who have stepped forward with ideas, fueled by values and visions, that provide direction and inspiration for the work, without which little change is likely to last. These kinds of individuals are not the only ones involved in the building process, as change can originate almost anywhere in an institution, but they are among the most important. The authors each operate in distinct types of institutions—including small and large, public and private, from community colleges to research universities—but, together, they recognize that individuals with ideas and inspiration are forces that help build capacity for the civic mission of higher education.
The above summary text is taken from the forward to the report and is written by Barry Checkoway, General Series Editor.
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Editor: Jill N. Reich
Series Editor: Barry Checkoway