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Civic engagementof universitiesAndrea Vargiu(Universit degli Studi di Sassari)

European Sociological AssociationRN27 Regional Network on Southern European Societies

Civil Society Organizations in the Mediterranean area: societal role, challenges, dynamics

Sassari 1-2 october 2012

Andrea VargiuUniversit di Sassari

Laboratorio Foistper le Politiche Sociali e i Processi Formativi

PERARES ProjectPublic Engagement with Research and Research Engagement with Society(FP7/2007-2013)g. a. n 244264

1Community engagement of universities** Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (2006 e 2008)Curricular engagementOutreach & PartnershipsTeaching, learning and scholarship engage faculty, students, and community in mutually beneficial and respectful collaboration. Their interactions address community-identified needs, deepen students civic and academic learning, enhance community well-being, and enrich the scholarship of the institution.

Outreach focuses on the application and provision of institutional resources for community use with benefits to both campus and community. Partnerships focuses on collaborative interactions with community and related scholarship for the mutually beneficial exchange, exploration, and application of knowledge, information, and resources (research, capacity building, economic development, etc.).

European Sociological AssociationRN27 Regional Network on Southern European Societies

Civil Society Organizations in the Mediterranean area: societal role, challenges, dynamics

Sassari 1-2 october 2012

Andrea VargiuUniversit di Sassari

Laboratorio Foistper le Politiche Sociali e i Processi Formativi

PERARES ProjectPublic Engagement with Research and Research Engagement with Society(FP7/2007-2013)g. a. n 244264

2Commitment to community engagement*

European Sociological AssociationRN27 Regional Network on Southern European Societies

Civil Society Organizations in the Mediterranean area: societal role, challenges, dynamics

Sassari 1-2 october 2012

Andrea VargiuUniversit di Sassari

Laboratorio Foistper le Politiche Sociali e i Processi Formativi

PERARES ProjectPublic Engagement with Research and Research Engagement with Society(FP7/2007-2013)g. a. n 244264

Level 1Low relevanceLevel 2Medium relevanceLevel 3High relevanceLevel 4Full integrationMissionNo mention or undefined rhetorical referenceEngagement is part of what we do as educated citizensEngagement is an aspect of our academic agendaEngagement is a central and defining characteristicLeadership (Presidents, Vice Presidents, Deans, Chairs)Engagement not mentioned as a priority; general rhetorical references to community or societyExpressions that describe institution as asset to community through economic impactInterest in and support for specific, short-term community projects; engagement discussed as a part of learning and researchBroad leadership commitment to a sustained engagement agenda with ongoing funding support and community inputPromotion, tenure, hiringIdea of engagement is confused with traditional view of serviceCommunity engagement mentioned; volunteerism or consulting may be included in portfolioFormal guidelines for defining, documenting and rewarding engaged teaching/researchCommunity-based research and teaching are valid criteria for hiring and rewardOrganization structure and fundingNo units focus on engagement or volunteerismUnits may exist to foster volunteerism/community serviceVarious separate centres and institutes are organized to support engagement; soft fundingInfrastructure exists (with base funding) to support partnership and widespread faculty/student participationStudent involvement and curriculumPart of extracurricular student life activitiesOrganized institutional support for volunteer activity and community leadership developmentOpportunity for internships, practice, some service-learning coursesService-learning and community-based learning integrated across curriculum; linked to learning goalsFaculty involvementTraditional service defined as campus duties; committees; little support for interdisciplinary workPro-bono consulting; community volunteerism acknowledgedTenured/senior faculty may pursue community-based research; some teach service-learning coursesCommunity-based research and learning intentionally integrated across disciplines; interdisciplinary work is supportedCommunity involvementRandom, occasional, symbolic or limited individual or group involvementCommunity representation on advisory boards for departments or schoolsCommunity influences campus through active partnerships, participation in service-learning programmes or specific grantsCommunity involved in defining, conducting and evaluating community-based research and teaching; sustained partnershipsExternal communications and fundraisingCommunity engagement not an emphasisStories of students or alumni as good citizens; partnerships are grant dependentEmphasis on economic impact of institution; public role of centres, institutes, extensionEngagement is integral to fundraising goals; joint grants/gifts with community; base funding* Source: Mohrman 2010: 150-151

3ActorsKind of service Individuals(students, scholars, general public)Public courses, Conferences, Science weeks, Open doors, Orientation, Museums/botanic gardens, Public relations Comunity ONG Non-profit Local authorities

Science shopsService learningApprenticeship

SME Regional authorities

Technology transferStages National and international authorities Industry

Public commissionsContractsChairs

Relationships betweenuniversity and society

European Sociological AssociationRN27 Regional Network on Southern European Societies

Civil Society Organizations in the Mediterranean area: societal role, challenges, dynamics

Sassari 1-2 october 2012

Andrea VargiuUniversit di Sassari

Laboratorio Foistper le Politiche Sociali e i Processi Formativi

PERARES ProjectPublic Engagement with Research and Research Engagement with Society(FP7/2007-2013)g. a. n 244264

4Possible impacts ofcivic engagement of universities (1)

European Sociological AssociationRN27 Regional Network on Southern European Societies

Civil Society Organizations in the Mediterranean area: societal role, challenges, dynamics

Sassari 1-2 october 2012

Andrea VargiuUniversit di Sassari

Laboratorio Foistper le Politiche Sociali e i Processi Formativi

PERARES ProjectPublic Engagement with Research and Research Engagement with Society(FP7/2007-2013)g. a. n 244264

AmbitOutputsOutcomesOutreachesImpacts on teachingSatisfaction of studentsSatisfaction of professorsOrganization and quality of teachingQuality of learningReaching of learning objectivesPromotion of active citizenship among studentsSocial competences and civic engagement of studentsPossible creation of new curricula or study coursesEmployability of studentsPublic image of academyImpacts on researchQuality of researchKnowledge dissemination and sharingParticipated researchResearch autonomyDissemination of resultsCapacity buildingSocial uses of researchIncubator for new researchInfluence upon research agendaOrganization of researchCreation of participated research centresPublic uses of research5

European Sociological AssociationRN27 Regional Network on Southern European Societies

Civil Society Organizations in the Mediterranean area: societal role, challenges, dynamics

Sassari 1-2 october 2012

Andrea VargiuUniversit di Sassari

Laboratorio Foistper le Politiche Sociali e i Processi Formativi

PERARES ProjectPublic Engagement with Research and Research Engagement with Society(FP7/2007-2013)g. a. n 244264

Possible impacts ofcivic engagement of universities (2)AmbitOutputsOutcomesOutreachesImpacts on CSOsSatisfaction of demandsQuality of partnership and of relationshipsSatisfactions of needsChanges in attitudes towards scienceLegal successProduct, service or organizational innovationEmpowermentCreation of new organizations or partnershipsImpacts on communitySatisfaction of demandsKnowledge communication, dissemination and sharingUses of research resultsSatisfaction of community needsOperationalization of research resultsMedium term influence upon decisional processesAttitudes towards scienceKnowledge sharing and diffusionTrust in scienceActive citizenshipLong term influence upon decisional processesResearch based policies and practicesDiffusion of social consciousness and civic responsibilityCultural and intellectual enrichmentSocial welfare6