Building the field of higher education engagement: A 20-year retrospective

Lorilee R. Sandmann, Andrew Furco, Katherine R. Adams

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For this 20th anniversary issue of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 11 articles were selected through a Delphi survey of editorial board members. A review of these articles reflects the evolution of the field of outreach and community engagement and maturation of the "scholarship of engagement." In particular, the 3 major shifts can be noted: a shift in terminology, a shift from program institutionalization to institutional transformation, and a shift from simple lists and practices to more integrated and complex frameworks and modeling. The review reveals that such journals play an important role in archiving and documenting as well as stimulating and advancing theory, practice, and policy related to higher education community engagement and scholarship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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