Rhodes Probes College-Community Partnerships


Publication Date: 6/12/2007

Thanks to a grant from the Teagle Foundation, Rhodes is joining forces with Franklin & Marshall College and Niagara University to develop guidelines for higher education institutions that are deeply involved in sustained college-community partnerships. The project will lead to:

  • a plan for ongoing cross-campus comparison of an agreed-upon set of learning outcomes
  • identification of success factors for college-community partnerships that provide long-term benefits for both student learning outcomes and community development
  • ongoing sharing of effective practices among consortium partners
  • identification of new partners

“Much of the work on assessing civic engagement has focused more on various dimensions of student learning than on the success factors that lead to positive learning outcomes,” says Dr. Suzanne Bonefas, director of special projects at Rhodes. “Our focus will be on assessing the roles of students, faculty and community partners in achieving success in community-based programs.”