Current Projects

These summaries describe our current initiatives. You can also review our past projects.



Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) have entered into a long-term partnership for the continuation of the elective Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. Read more...

 

Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement

Ernest Lynton contributed powerfully to reshaping the role of the metropolitan university.  Dr. Lynton's work championed a concept of service that embraced collective responsibility and a vision of colleges and universities as catalysts not only in the discovery of new knowledge but also in its application throughout society.  This annual award pays tribute to the memory of Ernest Lynton and his tenacity in the pursuit of his vision. Read more...

 

Evaluation of AASCU’s Civic Minor in Urban Education Initiative

NERCHE is serving as the evaluator of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Civic Minor in Urban Education Initiative. This three-year project supports five public urban universities and colleges in developing Civic Minors that will offer pre-service teachers—and their peers who might not otherwise consider a career in education—an opportunity to (1) learn about service learning as a pedagogy, (2) experience service learning in urban settings, and (3) take other courses in the minor which develop an understanding of the public policy context in which urban schools are situated. The five campuses participating in the initiative are Buffalo State College, California State University Fresno, the University of North Carolina Charlotte, West Chester University, and Wright State University. Sharon Singleton, Senior Program and Research Associate at NERCHE, is the Principal Investigator of the study. Read more...

 

Next Generation Engagement Project

The Next Generation Engagement project is a collaboration between NERCHE, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and Imagining America and is led by a group of recognized scholars and practitioners to develop and implement civic engagement initiatives aimed at the next generation of students, faculty, and scholars in higher education.  Read more...

 

Project Compass

In April 2007, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation launched Project Compass, a multi-year regional initiative to help more underrepresented minority students succeed in and graduate from public four-year institutions of higher education in New England. This initiative supports innovative institutional programs and strategies that strive to eliminate achievement gaps and significantly increase academic success, retention, and graduation rates for minority and low-income undergraduate students.

Contingent on the quality of proposals, the Foundation intends to award grants in the range of $100,000 to $200,000 to three to six institutions to support an initial year of needs assessment, capacity building, structured institutional planning, and program development. NERCHE will design and manage planning year activities, convene regular grantee meetings, and provide technical assistance to each grantee institution. During the planning year, grantee institutions will develop proposals for continued support from the Foundation; if institutions make adequate progress and demonstrate adequate institutional commitment during the planning year, the Foundation will award four-year implementation grants of $100,000 to $200,000 annually. NERCHE will continue to work with campuses that receive the four-year implementation grants. Read more...