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Collectivizing Our Impact: Engaging Departments and Academic Change
Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement
  • Kevin Kecskes, Portland State University
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  • Academic achievement,
  • Social integration
This article invites readers to consider foundational assumptions about community-engaged work. The author envisions a path forward to help “un-stall” the community engagement movement and to deepen and broaden practice. Connecting cutting edge thinking emerging out of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors – all suggesting the need to collectivize our work – the author argues in favor of refocusing community engagement efforts on the backbone of higher education: academic disciplines and departments. The article concludes with a composite vision, compiled from data and experiences collected at multiple postsecondary institutions in the United State and beyond, for a partnership landscape that positions the academic unit closer to the center of the community engagement enterprise.

This article is published under an Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

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Kecskes, K. (2015). Collectivizing our impact: Engaging departments and academic change. Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, (6) 3.