National Context

The Certificate in Public Scholarship is part of a larger movement to build mutually-beneficial partnerships among campuses and communities, and to shift higher education toward more engaged and reciprocal forms of research, teaching, and creative practice.

Participating initiatives take different forms in different institutional contexts. The following suggests a few of the national organizing efforts and local institutionalizations particularly relevant for graduate education engaging through cultural approaches.

National Initiatives

Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life. Founded in 1999, Imagining America is a national consortium of 90+ colleges and universities advocating and organizing for public scholarship across the cultural disciplines and community partnerships engaging through the arts, humanities, and design. The Seattle and Bothell campuses of the University of Washington are both members of the consortium.

Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE). Sponsored by Imagining America, PAGE is national network of graduate students focused on transforming graduate education by sharing, reflecting, and theorizing engaged practice; creating mentorship and collaboration networks, and diversifying professional development opportunities and career pathways for scholar-practitioners. Many UW graduate students have received PAGE fellowships.

Campus Compact. Founded in 1985, Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 colleges and universities committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. Campus Compact promotes public and community service that develops students’ citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships, and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum.

Research University Engaged Scholarship Toolkit. Designed for faculty, administrators, and graduate students, this toolkit addresses the unique position of research universities, which prepare the next generation of college and university faculty and serve as models for other higher education institutions, but have lagged behind other higher education institutions in organizing and systematizing community partnerships.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Community Engagement Classification recognizes a higher education institution’s commitment to community engagement, according to criteria drawn heavily from Campus Compact’s Indicators of Engagement Project, highlighting practices of assessment, reciprocal partnership, faculty reward systems, and integration/alignment with other institutional initiatives. Recognitions are accorded every five years: as of 2012, 115 institutions were successfully classified as “community engaged.”

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH). Founded in 1996 at the UW, CCPH is a nonprofit organization that promotes health equity and social justice through partnerships between communities and academic institutions. A diverse, international network affiliated with higher education, community-based organizations, health care delivery systems, student service organizations, foundations, and government, members collaborate via service-learning, community-based participatory research and other partnership strategies to advance education, civic engagement, and the overall health of communities.

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