Date of Award

1-1-2018

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Higher Education

First Advisor

Judy Marquez Kiyama

Keywords

Civic engagement, Community engagement, Community-university partnerships, Education, Partnership impact, Public good

Abstract

The field and movement of community engagement in higher education is one way for institutions of higher education to fulfill the public good mission. Community engagement practices have shifted to valuing democratically engaged partnerships between the community and campus (Saltmarsh, Hartley, & Clayton, 2009). However, the research on community engagement reveals a lack of understanding of community voice and perspective on if and how community-campus partnerships make a difference for community-based organizations partnered with institutions of higher education. This embedded case study begins to fill these gaps in the literature by examining the voice and perspective of community-based organizations partnered with a university in the Mountain West region of the United States. The conceptual framework borrows from theories of Dewey (1916) and Freire (1970, 1985), and democratic engagement (Saltmarsh et al., 2009), and practices of asset-based community development (Kretzmann & McKnight, 1993; Green & Haines, 2012) and consensus organization (Eichler, 2007). Findings provide important insights on the barriers and support systems that community-based organizations experience when partnering with institutions of higher education. The centrality of relationships is a salient finding from this study. These findings begin to shed light on community-university partnerships can be measured. Findings hold important implications for current practices in institutions of higher education, for the field of community engagement, and the theories that guide these practices.

Comments

Copyright is held by the author.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Stacey D. Muse

File size

250 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Higher education

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