Place-Based Community Engagement in Higher Education
A Strategy to Transform Universities and Communities

Foreword by Geoffrey Canada
Paper: 978 1 62036 677 6 / $35.00
Published: June 2018  

Cloth: 978 1 62036 676 9 / $95.00
Published: June 2018  

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Published: June 2018  

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Published: June 2018  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
176 pp., 6" x 9"
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While an increasing number of universities have or are committed to engaging their campuses in their surrounding communities, many recognize they lack the strategic focus and resources to maximize and sustain their impact on those communities. Place-based community engagement provides a powerful way to creatively connect campus and community to foster positive social transformation.

In developing community engagement strategies, most universities and community organizations face significant challenges in deciding who to partner with and why. Frequently this leads universities and community organizations to say “yes” to too many opportunities which significantly limit their ability to pursue long-term impact. Focusing on an established geographic area can make it much easier to decide where to deploy resources and which partnerships to prioritize and thus increase their ability to form strong and sustainable partnerships that are of greater value to all stakeholders.

This book presents the emerging model of place-based community engagement as a powerful process for attaining more positive and enduring results in their local communities as well as stimulating wider engagement by campus constituencies. Drawing upon the concept of collective impact and using data-driven decision making, place-based initiatives build long-term partnerships based upon a shared vision. Done thoughtfully, these place-based initiatives have attained impressive results.

Drawing upon the case studies of five institutions that have implemented place-based community engagement initiatives, the authors provide guidance on the opportunities, challenges, and considerations involved in putting a place-based approach into effect. By sharing the experiences of these five institutions, they describe in detail the routes each took to turn their place-based initiatives from concept to reality, and the results they achieved.

Table of Contents:
Foreword by Geoffrey Canada

Part One: Introduction, Context, and Methodology
1) Introduction to Place-Based Community Engagement
2) Place-Based Community Engagement in Practice
3) Methodology and Institutional Profiles

Part Two: Phases of Place-Based Community Engagement
4) The Exploration Phase: Listening and Visioning
5) The Development Phase: Experimenting and Growing
6) The Sustaining Phase: In It for the Long Haul

Part Three: Key Considerations for Practice
7) A View From the Community: Community Partners’ Perspectives
8) Pursuing Results: The Practice of Assessment and Outcomes
9) Lessons Learned and Moving Forward

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Reviews & Endorsements:
"Recommended resource for anyone designing or leading efforts that deepen the impact of urban and metropolitan universities in their regions. Offers research-informed guidance from conception, implementation and evaluation. Yamamura and Koth provide insights drawn from case examples that give an honest view of the challenges and hidden opportunities involved in this work."
- Valerie Holton, PhD, LCSW Senior Fellow, CUMU and higher education consultant
"This is a terrifically relevant, timely and wise book from Yamamura and Koth. It serves as a road map for universities striving to catalyze community-engaged neighborhood transformation. Built on solid experience and lessons learned on the ground, this book moves the field forward for researchers, policy makers and practitioners. Given seemingly intractable problems of poverty and inequity, I finished the book energized and armed with greater knowledge to accelerate the drive for greater opportunity."
- David Bley, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Pacific Northwest Initiative