Education and community


educational system and that they are a part, face a number of unprecedented challenges from the forces in society that affect and are influenced by these very institutions and their communities of students and teachers. Among these forces are sweeping demographic change, declining provincial funding, revolutionary advances in information and communications technology, globalization, competition from new educators, pressure on the market to develop learning and theoretical approaches towards profit-driven providers, and the increasing demands and strain fundamental changes in public policy and public responsibility of assuming the role of higher education in addressing the pressing issues of communities and society as a whole. Some of these challenges would be significant on its own, but collectively they increase the complexity and difficulty for education to sustain or advance the fundamental work of serving the common good.

Discussions about education, we can agree to:. Strengthening ties university and society will require broad-based effort that includes all education, not just individual institutions, departments and organizations

phased solutions can only go so far, strategies for change should be informed by a shared vision and set common goals . A “movement” approach to change but more promise for transforming the academic culture of the dominant “organization” approach.

enable the change will require strategic partnerships, networking, and collaboration with various stakeholders within and outside education.

The Common Agenda is specifically designed to support the “movement” approach to change by encouraging the emergence of a strategic partnership between individuals and organizations who care about the role of higher education in advancing the ideals of diverse democratic system through practices education, relationships and service to the community.

A Common Agenda

The Common Agenda is intended to be a “living” document and open process that leads to collective action and learning among committed partners within and outside of higher education. As a living document, Common Agenda is a collection of focused activities aimed at promoting civil, social and cultural role in society. This merger created, implemented, and focused Common Agenda respects the diversity of activities and programmatic foci of individuals, organizations and networks, as well as recognizes the common interests of the whole. As an open process, the Common Agenda is a structure to connect work and relationships of mutual interest focusing on academic role in serving the community. Various modes of aliening and amplify the collective work within and outside the education will be provided in the Common Agenda process.

This method is understandably ambitious and unique in its purpose and use. Finally, the Common Agenda challenges the system of higher education, and those who view education as important to address the pressing issues of the community, to act deliberately, joint, and clearly a growing and significant set of commitments society. Currently, there are four broad issue areas the focus of a common agenda: 1) To build public awareness and support civic projects and our actions; 2) The development of networks and partnerships, 3) infusion and strengthen the value of civic responsibility in the culture of a university; and 4) Embedding civic engagement and social responsibility in the reconstruction of the education system

VISION We have a vision of the university that cultivates individual prosperity, institutional response and inclusivity and social health by promoting and practicing learning, scholarship and participation that respects universal needs . Our universities are proactive and respond to pressing social, moral and economic problems facing our communities and greater society. Our students are people of integrity who embrace diversity and are socially responsible and civilly engaged life.

MISSION Common Purpose program is to create a framework to organize, guide and disseminate the values ​​and practices of education based on the civil, social and economic obligations to diverse democratic system.


I believe social justice, ethics, equity, education and social change for the positive effects are fundamental to the work of higher education. We believe that the relationship between communities and educational institutions to build on the values ​​equal, respect and reciprocity, and work in education to be interactive with other organizations and individuals in the community.

We will strive to consolidate and extensive cooperation with all types of organizations and devoted individuals within and outside the university.

We realize the interconnection of politics, power and privilege. The Common Agenda is not for the higher education self-serving, but to “walk the talk” given the betrothed public goals. We understand Common Agenda as a dynamic living document, and expect activity it takes to change the time.

THE COMMON AGENDA Framework general framework for a common agenda is indicated in the following table. It is clear that while the goals and action items are organized and aliened within certain issue areas, there is overlap and complimentarity among the issues, objectives and action items. Also, after each operation point are the names of individuals committed to serve as a “point persons” for the item. List of the “point man” with the organization of their relationship (s) with a common agenda



Public understanding more and more equates Education benefits by acquiring “a good job” and receive “higher wages.” Understand and support the full benefits of higher education and public higher education leaders need to engage in critical and honest discussion of the role of universities in society. Objective: Develop a common language that resonates both inside and outside the agency. Action Items: Develop a common language and themes of the academic mission and our responsibility to the common good, in dialogue with the wider public

Collect scholarship in common, examine themes and identify questions .. Develop national awareness of the importance of education for the common good with developing marketing efforts

goal :. Promote efficiency and wider discussion. Action Items: Raise public awareness of institutional diversity within and between universities

Identify methods to alumni associations for articulating the common good and to build bridges between higher education and the various companies private and public sector .. Develop guidelines discussion improve the quality of debate in all areas of society. Plan a series of public discussions with various public higher education and the public good

Version 2 :. Developing networks and cooperation

Approaching complex issues such as the role of universities in society requires a broad mix of partners to create strategies and actions that include multiple valued perspectives and experiences.

Broad beans cooperation to strengthen the relationship between the university and the community includes working systematically with those within and outside the university to achieve mutual goals on behalf of the common good

Objective: .. Create broad and diversified communication and process

Action Items

create a profile and network resources of higher education organizations create division, which inform the conferences, at present and encourage promotions in the appropriate forums of national development opportunities to share information and learn within and between different types of postsecondary institutions (eg research-centered communities)

Objective: .. Create and support strategic partnerships and diverse cooperation

Action Items: Establish and support the continued collaboration and cooperation between higher education institutions, organizations and international community (eg, civic organizations, legislators, community members) View of the public how to dominate the role of arts in advancing higher education for the common good co-operation between higher education and to address access, retention, and graduation concerns

Version 3: instilling and strengthening VALUE CIVIC responsibility in the culture of higher education

Education should meet the implicit and explicit consequences of their work and reexamine “what matters” to integrate research, teaching and service for the common good to the core work of the Agency

Objective: .. Emphasize human relations and leadership development curriculum and co-curriculum

Action Items: Develop and implement curriculum in colleges and universities that promote civic participation students create co-curricular student and community programs for leadership and civic engagement development Develop learning opportunities within and outside the classroom, to promote freedom, democratic accountability, social justice and knowledge of the economic system of the leadership development of students and service opportunities that focus on ethical behavior teach graduate students planning and networking skills and encourage students leadership and diversity education

goal :. Foster deeper commitment to the common good

Action Items: Work with teachers on communication skills and language to describe their involvement with the public and educate teachers for the public Identify models for promotion and tenure standards Identify models for teacher development

Objective: Identify, recognize and support engaged scholarship.

Action Items: Identify and disseminate models and precedents of the common scholarship encourage participation in community research helps organizations to draw attention to exemplary outreach. Bring the capacity building efforts of institutions

goal :. Bring higher education in line with civil projects

Action Items: Work with discipline organizations to keep the conversation in a way graduate training student can incorporate public involvement, participation and promotion services “Civic participation” in the academic and professional sectors as defined Articles’ of “civic engagement” incorporate the concept of higher education for the public good in the current efforts of graduate education reform

ISSUE 4: Embedding civic engagement and social responsibility in the structure of higher education

promote the public benefits of higher education system needs the efforts of agencies to intentionally devalue the value of civic engagement and social responsibility in corporate governance practices, political decisions, and the educational process

Objective: .. Align control structure and administrative procedures

Action Items: Develop ways to improve student and community participation in governance and decision-making educational institutions. Identify and promote ways for organizations to improve the involvement of the public and the implementation of democracy within their own organization. Establish common / civil relations unit orchestrate this work all agencies

Objective: .. Officially recognize and support the valuable participation of work

Action Items: Special public prize to reward institutions with a demonstrable track record in serving the common good in order to encourage the institutionalization of performance around the common good and civic engagement.

develop a comprehensive inventory of sources of funding, business partners, initiatives and exemplary practices that advance the common good. Identify, recognize and support early career researchers who prefer to do research at the university and its role in society

Objective: .. Make sure the assessment and accreditation processes are civic engagement and social responsibility

Action Items: Identify service for the common good and a key component of the provincial and federal education programs (eg, municipal, provincial budgets and professional associations)

Bring Higher Education organizations and legislators together to expand the current definition. the results of student performance, and develop a plan for food.

Develop methods and processes to refocus the system-wide planning, accreditation and evaluation of methods to consider criteria for assessing the social, public benefits of education.

Objective: Growing stronger links between universities, federal and provincial government

Action Items :. Develop a 2-year action plan that connects the Rector / Pro-Rector and Director of the provincial legislators to conduct the assessment of the needs of the public for the province Host a series of conversations between the board and provincial legislators to discuss the role of universities and public policy in advancing the common good of the local, provincial and national .