Because Place Matters  October 2010


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2010 Conference

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The Community-Engaged Scholarship Collaborative

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brownKwantlen Polytechnic University:  a new kind of university

David W. Atkinson
President & Vice Chancellor, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Perhaps the most telling feature of Kwantlen Polytechnic University is that it is different, beginning as it did as a community college over thirty years ago only to change to being a university college offering both college and university programming, and then finally to a polytechnic university with a mandate to off applied, career-focused undergraduate and graduate programs.  As a university, however, it continues to operate as a dual sector institution offering programs traditionally found at community colleges and technical schools, even as it aggressively pursues its new role as a university with a mandate to develop a comprehensive range of degree programs.  

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syracuseSyracuse University
Syracuse, NY, USA

From its founding  in 1870, Syracuse University has been the embodiment of Scholarship in Action—education that transcends traditional boundaries through a combination of innovative thinking, daring choices and entrepreneurial attitude. Their iconic campus is nestled amongst the rolling hills of Central New York—itself a crucible of historic change and progress. Building on that foundation, SU continues to create opportunities for students and faculty to push limits, build pathways, and make connections that lead to new discoveries and transformational change.

2010 CUMU Conference: Less than a Month to Go!

There’s still time to register for the 2010 CUMU Conference “Aligning the Metropolitan University with Business, Government and the Nonprofit Sectors” hosted by California State University, Fresno.

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Presentations at this year’s conference will be in the areas of Economic Development, Infrastructure Development, Human Development, Relationships & Synergies, and Alignment of Academic Programs. 

CUMU Announcements

2011 Engagement Academy for University Leaders

CUMU is pleased to support the Engagement Academy for University Leaders with its emphasis on engagement as an institutional strategy.  The Academy is a five-day executive leadership experience aimed at building an institutional capacity for engagement.  Participants will focus on strategy development and implementation for engagement in the context of an institution’s overall strategic plan.  Nominations are now being accepted for this 45-person cohort.  [read more]

NERCHE Announces the 2010 Ernest A. Lynton Award Winner

The annual Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty recognizes a faculty member who connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement.  The award is designated for either pre-tenure faculty at tenure-granting campuses or early career faculty (i.e., within the first six years) at campuses with long-term contracts.   This year, we are pleased to present the Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty to N. Eugene Walls, Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Denver. Reflecting on his engaged scholarship, Eugene writes: “In order to qualify as truly being community engaged research, practice, and education, our endeavors must go beyond their applied nature to embody an approach that values the public good, trusts the wisdom of communities, and commits to social justice…. It is only in the values that are reflected in how the work is done, and the value of the outcomes of that work to the community that work can come to be called community-engaged work.”   [read more]


NERCHE announces 2010-2011 Student Think Tank on community and civic engagement.  [read more]

ACE debuts free online toolkit with resources for developing senior leaders.  This toolkit features past and present CUMU members. [read more]

Register today for the 17th annual Higher Education Government Relations Conference.  [read more]

USU recently launched two reports titled Universities:  Anchors Generating Prosperity for America’s Cities and Urban Universities as Anchor Institutions:  A Report of National Data and Survey Findings[read more]

Register toady for the 2010 Annual Summit in Reno, Nevada. [read more]