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Reitenauer, Vicki L.; Korzun, Tetiana; Lane, Kimberly; Roberts, Melinda Joy – Metropolitan Universities, 2015
Designed in response to students' requests for a capstone where they could form their own individual partnerships in the communities of their choosing, Effective Change Agent offers a structure for community-based learning that allows for high levels of student choice-making and agency. In this article, the authors describe the course; connect it…
Descriptors: Change Agents, College Students, Service Learning, College Curriculum
Kerrigan, Seanna M.; Reitenauer, Vicki L.; Arevalo-Meier, Nora – Metropolitan Universities, 2015
In the past two decades, the literature on campus-community partnerships as core components of pedagogies of engagement has grown exponentially. In this article, the director and a longtime faculty member of Portland State University's capstone program report on interviews conducted with ten faculty-community partner pairs, gleaning insights on…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, College Faculty, Interviews, Partnerships in Education
Osborn, David; Alkezweeny, Jennifer; Kecskes, Kevin – Metropolitan Universities, 2015
In an effort to leverage students' positive community engagement experiences as they transition to and become alumni, Portland State University (PSU) embarked on a pilot "Continuing Engagement Program." This article provides a rationale for this effort, an overview of the programmatic elements, lessons learned, and future engagement…
Descriptors: Alumni, Alumni Associations, Sense of Community, School Community Relationship
Messer, W. Barry; Collier, Peter J. – Metropolitan Universities, 2015
Portland State University's Community Environmental Services (CES) has helped shape the Portland metropolitan region's sustainable materials management practices for more than twenty-five years. CES's research and program development services have benefitted community partners that in turn have provided hundreds of students with rich educational…
Descriptors: Community Study, Professional Services, Alignment (Education), School Community Programs
Fitzmaurice, Celine – Metropolitan Universities, 2015
Emerging approaches to faculty support are moving away from a "fixing" model to a "relational" model. In this article, the author describes a program of faculty support that places trust and community-building at the center of its efforts. The result is a program in which faculty members engage in a peer-to-peer approach to…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty Development, Trust (Psychology), Mentors
Fullerton, Ann; Reitenauer, Vicki L. – Metropolitan Universities, 2015
In the past twenty years, much research has been conducted into the effects of community-based learning and service-learning on students, but studies into the long-term impacts that persist after graduation have been fewer in number. In this article, the authors share perspectives from Portland State University alumni on the lasting significance…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Community Education, Service Learning, Experiential Learning
Flynn, Erin – Metropolitan Universities, 2015
Portland State University's (PSU) reputation as an engaged, urban-serving university continues to distinguish it both nationally and locally. Key partnerships with local, public, and private partners provide students, faculty, and staff with remarkable opportunities to contribute to the physical, social, and economic development of the Portland…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, State Universities, School Community Relationship, Urban Schools
Arthur, Deborah Smith; Newton-Calvert, Zapoura – Metropolitan Universities, 2015
Given the design of Portland State University's (PSU) undergraduate curriculum culminating in a capstone experience, the dramatic growth in online courses and online enrollments required a re-thinking of the capstone model to ensure all students could participate in this effective learning model and have a powerful learning experience. In recent…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Community Education, Undergraduate Students, Best Practices
Kerrigan, Seanna M. – Metropolitan Universities, 2015
More than four thousand students engage in the community-based learning capstone program every year by enrolling in one of 240 senior-level courses that culminate their undergraduate education. In this article, the author shares the context and history of the program, its foundational principles and processes, and the nuts-and-bolts details of the…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Educational Change, Success, Barriers
Ramaley, Judith A. – Metropolitan Universities, 2014
Our nation's colleges and universities are being asked to play demanding roles in creating the capacity for active and engaged collaboration and collective action to address complex challenges that are shaping the world we live in. An essential ingredient of any effort to build healthy communities for any purpose, including education, is the…
Descriptors: College Role, Justice, Inclusion, Higher Education
Peterson, Tessa Hicks – Metropolitan Universities, 2014
Drawing on literature in the field and the author's own research, this paper argues that civic engagement is critical to the success of students and universities and should be enacted at all levels of educational policy and practices. Yet, it must be facilitated in a way that ensures that equity, justice, and an appreciation of diverse value…
Descriptors: School Community Relationship, Institutional Mission, Social Change, Higher Education
Munger, Roger – Metropolitan Universities, 2014
Positions held by faculty members at institutions offering NCAA-sponsored intercollegiate athletics, F acuity Athletics Representatives (or FARs) serve as a liaison between athletics and academics and play a critical role in the institutional control and academic integrity of athletics as well as the welfare of student-athletes on campus. Based on…
Descriptors: Best Practices, College Athletics, Intercollegiate Cooperation, College Faculty
Vermillion, Mark – Metropolitan Universities, 2014
The purpose of the research was to identify student athletes' perceptions of their athletic department regarding student development. Student athletes from a Division I athletic department were surveyed (n = 369) in order to monitor their development. Regression analyses, which included respondent's sport, gender, classification, reports of abuse,…
Descriptors: Urban Universities, College Students, Athletes, Student Attitudes
Lewinson, Terri – Metropolitan Universities, 2014
Extended-stay hotels are housing solutions for some older adults on the fringe of street homelessness. Research indicates that these environments can produce negative health outcomes for older adults. Strategies for managing negative environmental conditions must be identified to help older adults manage health outcomes. This paper describes a…
Descriptors: School Community Programs, Partnerships in Education, Health Promotion, Residential Care
Lo Re, Mary L. – Metropolitan Universities, 2014
This paper investigates the experience of Staten Island's diverse urban communities with limited financial resources regarding access to affordable housing after the 2008 economic downturn. It details a successful partnership in researching the challenges faced in these communities and offers recommendations for the targeting of resources to…
Descriptors: Housing Needs, Urban Population, Community Study, Financial Problems
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