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How to benchmark university community engagement

Charles, David and Benneworth, Paul and Conway, Cheryl and Humphry, Lynne (2010) How to benchmark university community engagement. In: Community engagement and service. NIACE, Leicester, pp. 69-86. ISBN 9781862014572

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Abstract

There is an increasing recognition that there is a need to rebalance the contributions that universities make to society. The so-called third mission for universities, also described as external engagement, has evolved considerably in the past quarter century, although the roots of engagement go back to the origins of most universities. In 1982, an OECD CERI report explored all dimensions of community engagement, with business, government, the third sector and society (OECD, 1982). However, the third mission has increasingly become equated with commercialisation, patents and licensing, a trend enforced by the easy measurement associated with these variables. This chapter explores the ways in which measurement and benchmarking tools can be used to assess the wider contributions that universities make including engagement with ‘harder-to-reach’ groups such as smaller, potentially non-innovative firms, voluntary organisations, smaller charities and disadvantaged communities.

Item type: Book Section
ID code: 35570
Keywords: universities, higher education, community engagement, Political Science
Subjects: Political Science
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Government and Public Policy > European Policies Research Centre
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Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2011 14:19
Last modified: 15 Aug 2012 15:43
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/35570

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