University – Community Engagement Practices: A Cross Country Analysis

Shukla, D. (Author)

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

Description

The University Community Engagement (UCE) has gained wider credence over a period of time among the policymakers, universities academicians and community stake holders. From the impression of Ivory-Tower, Universities and Higher Education Institutions (HEI) have transformed their image as an engaged functioning unit. The current article has attempted to analyze the various distinguished UCE models being implemented in the universities of USA and India. The objective of the study is to know about the UCE model being applied to the selected countries and to develop a suggestive model for the same. The incorporated methodology is qualitative conceptual analysis on cases. Textual data were analyzed by means of interpretative content analysis in inductive manner. The analytical framework comprising external and internal Dimensions with measuring criteria (such as History of UCE in respective country, Government Strategic Vision and Policy Governance, Networking Organizations as External Measuring criteria and University Leadership and Strategic Perspective, Research and Projects, Teaching and Learning as Internal Measuring Criteria) has been developed to summarize the findings. The analysis reveals that universities of India is now getting pace in incorporating engagement as an strategic objectives where as in USA this has reached to the stake of all most 60 % of the nation‟s Higher Educational Institutions and Universities. It has also been found that the implementation has not yet been rooted in the Indian universities as compared to the USA. The study strongly recommends the 360 degree models which takes the comprehensive involvement of the stakeholders for making the UCE more effective in India.
Period4 Dec 2014
Event titleURU Academic Exhibition 2014: University Engagement
Event typeConference
LocationIndia
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Keywords

  • UCE (University-Community Engagement)
  • /HEI (Higher Education Institutions