The Effects of Community-Based Engagement in Higher Education: What We Know and Questions that Remain

Read More: AAC&U Jessica R. Chittum, Kathryn A. E. Enke & Ashley P. Finley

“Community-based and civic engagement in higher education have positive outcomes across six key areas:

  • increased personal and social responsibility
  • development of positive mindsets and dispositions
  • improved graduation and retention rates
  • learning gains
  • improved intellectual and practical skills
  • increased career-related skills

While there is rich and considerable evidence about the efficacy of high-impact practices on students’ self-perceptions of their learning and engagement, and a perceived wealth of studies on the learning effects of students’ participation in community-based and civic engagement, this synthesis reveals the gaps in current knowledge.”

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