University & Community Partnerships

Detroit Community Partnership Center, School of Architecture, University of Michigan

The Detroit Community Partnership Center at Taubman College of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, supports student and faculty research that address community identified needs while meeting the College's educational mission. Issues addressed include quality of life, land use, economic development, and transportation. In one case, students and faculty have helped develop a plan for a retail district with three community-based organizations and have provided analysis to an organization ready to work for greater transportation equity. Read more about Detroit Community Partnership Center, School of Architecture, University of Michigan...

Ohio State University Extension, Franklin County

The OSU Extension-Franklin County is an outreach arm of The Ohio State University. The OSU Extension system started in 1862 to provide education to citizens in agricultural and mechanical fields. The Franklin County Extension focuses on community development, horticulture, and youth development in the Franklin County area. In 2010, a volunteer middle management program was implemented to help residents lead community programs with access to volunteer consultants and 30 trained advisers. Read more about Ohio State University Extension, Franklin County...

Ohio Cooperative Development Center (Ohio State University)

Ohio Cooperative Development Center (OCDC), one of Ohio State University South Centers, was founded in 2001 to support economic development in rural communities through the establishment and support of new and existing cooperatives. OCDC provides seed grants of up to $1,500 for new cooperatives, and $3,000 for cooperatives looking to further develop their business. In the recent 2010-2011 round, they have provided grants to Shekinah Ranch, Home Healthcare Provider Cooperative, Stone’s Throw Cooperative and Buckeye Hills Area Agency on Aging 8. Read more about Ohio Cooperative Development Center (Ohio State University)...

Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America—Harvard University

The Saguaro Seminar is an ongoing initiative of Professor Robert D. Putnam at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The project focuses on expanding what we know about our levels of trust and community engagement and on developing strategies and efforts to increase this engagement. Current areas of research include: the relationship between workplace policies and social capital both at work and at home; the relationship between social capital, diversity and equality; and the relationship between religion and public life.

National Service-Learning Clearinghouse

The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse (NSLC), a program of Learn and Serve America (a branch of the federal government's Corporation for National Service), operates a website supporting the service-learning efforts of schools, higher education institutions, communities, and tribal nations. The site offers thousands of free online resources, the nation's largest library of service-learning materials, national service-learning listservs, and reference and technical assistance services.

National Center for Education Statistics

The National Center for Education Statistics is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States, with a wealth of information and links to other education sector information sources. It also publishes the quarterly journal, Education Statistics Quarterly, which is available on its website.

Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement

The Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, formerly the Journal of Public Service and Outreach, promotes dialogue about the service and outreach mission of higher education. Published two times per year (fall/winter, and spring/summer), JHEOE is a peer-reviewed journal that prints articles from a broad range of scholars, practitioners, and professionals. Abstracts of articles published since 2000 are available on line.

Journal for Civic Commitment

The Journal for Civic Commitment, a journal supported by the federal government's Corporation for National Service, is dedicated to growing and strengthening the discussion around service learning. Published twice a year, the website makes available articles both from current and back issues.

Higher Education Research Hub

The Higher Education Research Hub has on its website links to a wide range of resources relating to the role of higher education, including discussion of university-community partnerships. The site also includes links to most major higher education journals, professional associations, and many individual university websites.

Engaged Institutions

Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Engaged Institutions project seeks to embed an ethos of “community engagement” in four major public universities: the University of Texas, El Paso; the University of California, Santa Cruz; the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; and Pennsylvania State University. While the primary purpose of the site is to promote information sharing among program participants, the site also aims to inform a broader public audience. PolicyLink, based in Oakland, California, is the developer and maintainer of the site.

Democracy and Higher Education: The Future of Engagement

A project of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) and the Kettering Foundation, Democracy and Higher Education: The Future of Engagement is a forum dedicated to discussing challenges to and opportunities for advancing community engagement and democratic citizenship in higher education.  As the second part of this project, the forum promotes findings from the first part- a 2008 Higher Education and the Future of Engagement colloquium - and encourages further discussion related to these topics and themes.

CIRCLE - The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement

Conducting research on the civic and political engagement of Americans between the ages of 15 and 25, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) works to expand and change the public conversation regarding young people. CIRCLE states that their work has helped illustrate the benefits and cost effectiveness of mobilizing young people for political campaigns and that the Center has provided technical assistance and research for more than 300 organizations that supply youth services.

Campus Compact, “Program Models”

This website offers a very extensive national database of hundreds of programs designed to engage students, faculty, staff, campus and/or the community in service, service-learning, and/or civic engagement projects.

Center for Nonprofit Policy & Practice, Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University has been a national leader in university-community partnerships, with efforts dating back to the 1970s. The Center for Nonprofit Policy & Practice (CNP&P) at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University, arose from the College's involvement with community and neighborhood organizations. The CNP&P was founded to support and foster local nonprofit activity. Read more about Center for Nonprofit Policy & Practice, Cleveland State University ...