|NERCHE is committed to collaborative change processes in higher education to address social justice in a diverse democracy.
The Center focuses its resources on a variety of projects addressing three core areas:
| Reflective inquiry
| Transitions to and through
| The scholarship
The Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) advises the National Science Foundation (NSF) on policies and programs to encourage full participation by persons from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups (African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native...
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has transferred responsibility for the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education to Indiana University Bloomington’s Center for Postsecondary Research. The Classification will continue to retain the Carnegie name after the...
Campus Compact has chosen Leda Cooks, Professor of Communications at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, to receive the 2014 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award. This prestigious national award recognizes one senior faculty member a year for exemplary leadership in advancing...
The University of Massachusetts Boston recently released a report entitled "Advancing Community Engaged Scholarship and Community Engagement at the University of Massachusetts Boston." The report is one of the outcomes of a Working Group for an Urban Research-Based Action Initiative completed in March...
The 2014 Lynton Colloquium on the Scholarship of Engagement was held on September 15, 2014, at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Hosted by NERCHE and the Center for Engaged Democracy (CED) at Merrimack College, the Annual Lynton Colloquium launched a new research initiative aimed at studying key...
Co-authored by John Saltmarsh (NERCHE, University of Massachusetts, Boston), John Wooding (University of Massachusetts, Lowell), and Kat McLellan (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), the working paper-- entitled "The Challenges of Rewarding New Forms of Scholarship: Creating Academic Cultures...
On September 19, 2014, Dr. Lorlene Hoyt, Director of Programs and Research at the Talloires Network (Tufts University) and NERCHE Visiting Scholar, was featured in University World News in an article entitled, "Rewarding academics for civic engagement gains ground." To read the article, visit ...
With the goal of revitalizing, enhancing, and expanding the Think Tank model, Brandeis University's Center for Youth and Communities (CYC) at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management will lead the next generation of Think Tanks, taking on the management and facilitation of the program....
Dr. Carol Ma is currently an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy and the Assistant Director in the Office of Service-Learning (OSL) at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. She was awarded a W.T. Chan Fellowship to study and practice service-learning at the University of California at Los Angeles and was also awarded a Lingnan Foundation Scholarship to complete a research internship at the National Primary Health Care Centre, University of Manchester.
Since the establishment of the OSL, Lingnan University has institutionalized the idea of service-learning as part of its Liberal Arts Education. Carol is one of the leading persons in Asia to promote service-learning (SL) initiatives by setting up the joint Higher Education Network on Service-Learning in Hong Kong and the Service-Learning Asian Network in Asia. With the support from the University and partner institutions, she also serves as the general secretary of these two networks. Since 2006, she has organized the biannual Regional Conference on Service-Learning and connected different SL projects in China and in Asia. She believes service-learning can make a difference to local and global communities through international dialogue.
As a young, energetic, and committed person, she has been appointed to different government committees in Hong Kong, including as manager of the Lingnan Dr. Chung Wing Kwong Memorial Secondary School; a member of Tuen Mun District Coordinating committee on Promotion of Volunteer Service; a committee member of Promotion Civic Education, HKSAR, etc.
Edited by John Saltmarsh and Matthew Hartley, Foreword by David Mathews
Using multiple perspectives, "To Serve a Larger Purpose" explores the democratic processes and purposes that reorient civic engagement to what the editors call "democratic engagement." The norms of democratic engagement are determined by values such as inclusiveness, collaboration, participation, task sharing, and reciprocity in public problem solving and an equality of respect for the knowledge and experience that everyone contributes to education, knowledge generation, and community building. This book shrewdly rethinks the culture of higher education.
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