Merging campus civic engagement and economic development can create “engaged learning economies,” which are a boon to both colleges and local communities, according to a new report from Campus Compact, a national coalition of 1,200 college and university presidents. The report describes 25 examples where this has worked, including efforts by Widener University to work with local groups to help improve the economy of low-income Chester, Pa., which is home to the university.
Inside Higher Ed: Combining Civic Engagement and Economic Development
A first-rate education, includes civic responsibility as well as academic preparation.... With the right programs in place, our schools can provide a wonderful opportunity for students to come together and learn the skills that will keep our democracy strong.
-Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education