The University Next Door: Developing a Centralized Unit that Strategically Cultivates Community Engagement at an Urban University

  • Valerie L. Holton Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Jennifer L. Early Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Meghan Resler Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Audrey Trussell Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Catherine W. Howard Virginia Commonwealth University
Keywords: Higher Education, Kotter’s Model for Organizational Change, Community Engagement

Abstract

Using Kotter’s model of change as a framework, this case study will describe the structure and efforts of a centralized unit within an urban, research university to deepen and extend the institutionalization of community engagement. The change model will be described along with details about the implemented strategies and practices that fall within each of the eight steps. The paper concludes with reflections and future efforts.
Published
2016-01-01