16th Annual Continuums of Service Conference
Start: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 @ 7:00 AM (PDT)
Portland , OR 97201
16th Annual Continuums of Service Conference \nThe Engaged Campus: Higher Education for the Public Good \nCivic engagement upholds the historical promise of post-secondary institutions: a quality education for the public good. An engaged campus shares its greatest strengths with the community through service-learning, direct economic support, and applied scholarship that tackles local and global problems. Community partnerships provide opportunities for learning and compel college campuses to ensure that education does indeed serve the public interest. By aligning collaboration and resources, communities and colleges could create the collective impact necessary to effectively address community and educational needs. Yet in periods of economic hardship and amidst the intense pressures facing higher education today, sustaining an engaged campus can be especially challenging. \nIn 2012, the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement released a report entitled A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future that calls on higher education to reclaim its civic mission. The task force implores decision-makers to think broadly about the purpose of higher education beyond workforce preparation and training to help students learn, understand, and develop the skills and disciplines essential for a vibrant democracy. This is a bold call to action in the face of economic recession and high unemployment. \nParticipants at the 2013 Continuums of Service Conference will discuss the role community engagement plays in how we educate for the public good. We will hear from leading thinkers both inside and outside the academy regarding the necessity of civic engagement in educational success. Further, this conference will help define frameworks for how higher education and its partners develop students into effective leaders who advance the public good.