A Message from NERCHE’s Former Director, John Saltmarsh:
On December 31, 2016, I stepped out of my role as NERCHE’s director and into full-time teaching in the Higher Education doctoral program within the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at UMass Boston. At this time, future leadership of NERCHE has not been determined by university administration.
NERCHE’s national programs, such as the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification
and the Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement
, have transitioned to the Swearer Center at Brown University
. Resources created or managed by NERCHE over the course of its nearly 30-year history will remain publicly accessible on this website.
Read the Swearer Center's press release announcing its National Field-Building Initiative
Read CUMU's press release announcing the transition of the Lynton Award to the Swearer Center
Located within CEHD, NERCHE has been driven by a commitment to collaborative change processes to address social justice in a diverse democracy, and has been recognized regionally and nationally as a unique and innovative center catalyzing change in higher education. Over the last decade, NERCHE has been awarded over $3.5 million in funding for mission-driven projects such as Project Compass, a multi-year regional initiative to help more underserved students succeed in and graduate from public four-year institutions of higher education in New England; Project Inclusion, aimed at assessing the institutional structures, policies, and practices around diversity, equity, and inclusiveness in New Hampshire's colleges and universities; the Next Generation Engagement Project; the administration of the elective Carnegie Community Engagement Classification; the annual Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty; and the Connecticut Faculty Workload Study, among others. Throughout much of its history, NERCHE has also maintained a close alignment with the Higher Education doctoral program at UMass Boston
NERCHE has worked with academic professionals and institutions around the region and partnered nationally on projects with the Association of American College and Universities, the American Association of State College and Universities, the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, Campus Compact, Imagining America, the Kettering Foundation, and the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement.
have grown out of NERCHE-related project work, including most recently Publicly Engaged Scholars: Next Generation Engagement and the Future of Higher Education
(2016), edited by Margaret A. Post, Elaine Ward, Nicholas V. Longo, and John Saltmarsh. NERCHE’s latest working paper is the May 2016 “Non-Tenure-Track Faculty and Community Engagement: How the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification Application Can Encourage Campuses to Support Non-Tenure-Track Faculty and their Community Engagement.” Other selected publications include Full Participation: Building the Architecture for Diversity and Public Engagement in Higher Education
(2011), by Susan Sturm, Timothy Eatman, John Saltmarsh, and Adam Bush; "Profiles of Public Engagement: Findings from the Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty" (2012); “Transfer Access to Elite Colleges and Universities in the United States: Threading the Needle of the American Dream” (2006): “Advancing an Equity Agenda through Institutional Change” (2008); “Democratic Engagement White Paper” (2008); “Mapping Opportunities for Structural and Cultural Change in Public Four-Year Institutions: Scaling up Retention Initiatives for Underserved Students” (2009); and “Partnerships that Promote Success: Lessons and Findings from the Evaluation of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Community College Transfer Initiative” (2011).
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as NERCHE’s director for the past 11 years and to work with a talented and committed staff as well as with dedicated and committed academic professionals across the country working to create change that allows higher education to fulfill its promise of advancing social justice in a diverse democracy.