How to benchmark university community engagement

David Charles, Paul Benneworth, Cheryl Conway, Lynne Humphry

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Abstract

There is an increasing recognition that there is a need to rebalance the contributions that universities make to society. The so-called third mission for universities, also described as external engagement, has evolved considerably in the past quarter century, although the roots of engagement go back to the origins of most universities. In 1982, an OECD CERI report explored all dimensions of community engagement, with business, government, the third sector and society (OECD, 1982). However, the third mission has increasingly become equated with commercialisation, patents and licensing, a trend enforced by the easy measurement associated with these variables. This chapter explores the ways in which measurement and benchmarking tools can be used to assess the wider contributions that universities make including engagement with ‘harder-to-reach’ groups such as smaller, potentially non-innovative firms, voluntary organisations, smaller charities and disadvantaged communities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunity engagement and service
Subtitle of host publicationthe third mission of universities
EditorsPatricia Inman, Hans Schuetze
Place of PublicationLeicester
Pages69-86
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • universities
  • higher education
  • community engagement

Cite this

Charles, D., Benneworth, P., Conway, C., & Humphry, L. (2010). How to benchmark university community engagement. In P. Inman, & H. Schuetze (Eds.), Community engagement and service: the third mission of universities (pp. 69-86).