An Invitational Colloquium took place at the Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio, February 26-27, 2008, and brought together 33 academic and community leaders to focus on the theme of “Democracy and Higher Education: The Future of Engagement.”

Co-hosted by NERCHE and the Kettering Foundation, the Colloquium provided a forum in which a group of leaders in civic engagement and higher education could identify problems and issues associated with reforming higher education for community engagement and democratic citizenship and provide intellectual leadership for the next generation of engaged scholars in American higher education.

The dialogue was catalyzed in part through the discussion of recent research, including the 2007 book by Lee Benson, Ira Harkavy, and John Puckett, Dewey’s Dream: Universities and Democracies in an Age of Education Reform as well as forthcoming publications by the Kettering Foundation, including Agent of Democracy: Higher Education and the HEX Journey and Deliberation and the Work of Higher Education.

One outcome of the meeting will be a volume of essays solicited from participants at the Colloquium and edited by John Saltmarsh, Director of NERCHE, and Matthew Hartley, Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, that will offer insights into the ways in which higher education can advance democracy in the 21st century.


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