NERCHE's community of scholar-practitioners comprises faculty, professional staff, and administrators from a rich array of institutions nationwide. NERCHE is pleased to highlight publications by members of this community, including Think Tank members, visiting fellows, senior associates, and project partners.

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Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today's College Student

Generation Tightrope LevineBy Arthur Levine and Diane R. Dean

This title was selected by NERCHE’s Associate Deans Think Tank members as the centerpiece of discussion for their March 7, 2013, meeting.

From the publisher: An understanding of today’s undergraduate college students is vital to the effectiveness of our nation’s colleges and universities. As Generation on a Tightrope clearly reveals, today’s students need a very different education than the undergraduates who came before them: an education for the 21st Century, which colleges and universities are so far ill-equipped to offer and which will require major changes of them to provide. Examining college student expectations, aspirations, academics, attitudes, values, beliefs, social life, and politics, this book paints an accurate portrait of today’s students. Timely and comprehensive, this volume offers educators, researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and employers guidance and a much-needed grasp of the forces shaping the experiences of current undergraduates. The book:

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"Profiles of Public Engagement"

Lynton Report_coverNERCHE Annual Report:  "Profiles of Public Engagement: Findings from the Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty"

By John Saltmarsh, Elaine C. Ward, & Patti H. Clayton

This report offers an analysis of data from applications submitted in 2009, 2010, and 2011 for NERCHE’s Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty.  It examines both institutional and individual data, and draws findings from materials provided by Award nominees and nominators. The report will be issued annually, providing a snapshot of the exemplary engaged scholarly work of early-career faculty, and over time both the implications of the findings and trends will become more apparent.

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"Inside Rankings: Limitations and Possibilities"

Inside Rankings_front_pageNERCHE Working Paper:  "Inside Rankings: Limitations and Possibilities”

KerryAnn O'Meara (Associate Professor of Higher Education, University of Maryland, College Park)
Matthew Meekins (Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions, School of International Service, American University)

“Inside Rankings: Limitations and Possibilities” considers the growing influence of dominant higher-education ranking systems—such as the U.S. News and World Report (USNWR) “Best Colleges” lists—and presents a critique of their main weaknesses and benefits. 

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Creating Campus Cultures: Fostering Success among Racially Diverse Student Populations

Creating Campus CulturesEdited by Samuel D. Museus, Uma M. Jayakumar

Many colleges and universities have not engaged in the critical self-examination of their campuses necessary for effectively serving racially diverse student populations. This timely edited collection provides insights into how campus cultures can and do shape the experiences and outcomes of their increasingly diverse college student populations. By cultivating values, beliefs, and assumptions that focus on including, validating, and creating equitable outcomes among diverse undergraduate students, an institution can foster their success.While attention to campus climate is critical for gauging the nature of an institution's culture and how students are experiencing the campus environment, changes in climate alone will not lead to holistic and deep rooted institutional transformation.

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Global Citizenship and the University

Global_Citizenship"Global Citizenship and the University"
Advancing Social Life and Relations in an Interdependent World

by Robert A. Rhoads (University of California, Los Angeles)
and Katalin Szelényi (University of Massachusetts Boston)

With the increasing integration of global economies and societies, the nation-state is no longer the sole force shaping and defining citizenship. New ideas of "global citizenship" are emerging, and universities, which are increasingly involved in international engagements, provide a unique opportunity to explore how fundamental understandings of modern citizenship are changing.

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"To Serve a Larger Purpose" Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education


Edited by John Saltmarsh and Matthew Hartley, Foreword by David Mathews

Using multiple perspectives, "To Serve a Larger Purpose" explores the democratic processes and purposes that reorient civic engagement to what the editors call "democratic engagement." The norms of democratic engagement are determined by values such as inclusiveness, collaboration, participation, task sharing, and reciprocity in public problem solving and an equality of respect for the knowledge and experience that everyone contributes to education, knowledge generation, and community building. This book shrewdly rethinks the culture of higher education.

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Grassroots Coalitions and State Policy Change

Grassroots_CoalitionsGrassroots Coalitions and State Policy Change: Organizing for Immigrant Health Care

Margaret A. Post College of the Holy Cross
and Visiting Scholar with NERCHE working on the Next Generation Engagement Project

Post examines how coalitions build power in the policymaking arena. She focuses on interorganizational partnerships, internal capacity building, and claims-making, and shows that multi-organizational alliances can be intermediary mechanisms for promoting interests and realizing political gains. With case studies from Massachusetts and California between 2004 and 2007, Post investigates how statewide, health policy coalitions incorporate immigrant interests in organizing strategies for policy change.

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Book Review: "Organizing Higher Education for Collaboration: A Guide for Campus Leaders"


Jay Dee, Associate Professor in the Higher Education Administration Doctoral Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, has published a review of "Organizing Higher Education for Collaboration: A Guide for Campus Leaders," by Adrianna Kezar and Jaime Lester. The review appears in the Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, and Practice, volume 12, number 3, 2010, 2011.