Higher Education’s Accountability for the Public Good
Beyond the rhetoric of historical or aspirational claims to serve a pubic good, what policies, practices, structures, and cultures exist on college and university campuses that enact the public good function of higher education? In what ways can campuses demonstrate accountability for a public good? The focus of these remarks is to examine the responsibility and urgency for higher education to enact a public good purpose in a way that educates students as engaged civic actors in a diverse and just democracy.
John Saltmarsh is the director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) (www.nerche.org) at the University of Massachusetts Boston as well as a faculty member in the Higher Education Doctoral Program in the Department of Leadership in Education in the College of Education and Human Development. He leads the project in which NERCHE serves as the administrative partner with the Carnegie Foundation for Carnegie’s elective Community Engagement Classification.
He is the author, most recently, of a co-edited volume Publicly Engaged Scholars: Next Generation Engagement and the Future of Higher Education (2016). He also co-edited “To Serve a Larger Purpose:” Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education (2011) and co-authored Higher Education and Democracy: Essays on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (2011). He is also the author of numerous book chapters and articles on civic engagement, service-learning, and experiential education, and the co-author of the Democratic Engagement White Paper (NERCHE, 2009) and Full Participation: Building the Architecture for Diversity and Public Engagement in Higher Education (2011). He is an associate editor for the Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning, and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Metropolitan Universities Journal, the eJournal of Public Affairs and the advisory board of Diversity and Democracy. He serves on the National Advisory Board of Imagining America, as a member of the board of the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE), and as a member of Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) Coordinating Committee Members of the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Action. He can be reached at email@example.com. For more information, go to http://um-boston.academia.edu/JohnSaltmarsh.