• Recommitting to Stewardship of Place

    Recommitting to Stewardship of Place (2022)

    In 2002, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) defined what it means to be a regional comprehensive university (RCU) in its landmark report Stepping Forward as Stewards of Place: A Guide for Leading Public Engagement at State Colleges and Universities, which articulated an institutional purpose that is at once place-based and oriented toward serving multiple communities whose lives are enhanced by postsecondary education.

    It is now 2022 and the challenges facing RCUs have not drastically changed in the last two decades—resource disparities, enrollment fluctuations, balancing competing priorities while engaging place, and public skepticism over the value of higher education remain important issues. Nevertheless, some challenges have intensified and the broader economic, social, demographic, and political forces shaping institutions and their communities have evolved. As a result, stewardship of place in 2022 must look different than it did in 2002. Recommitting to Stewardship of Place: Creating and Sustaining Thriving Communities for the Decades Ahead provides an updated framing for stewardship of place that acknowledges the new postsecondary landscape while demonstrating why recommitting to being a steward of place is more important now than ever.

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    AASCU Stewards of Place Presidential Task Force

     

    Mildred García

    Mildred García
    AASCU
    (Co-Chair)

    Ashish Vaidya

    Ashish Vaidya
    Northern Kentucky University
    (Co-Chair)

    Cynthia Teniente-Matson

    Cynthia Teniente-Matson
    Texas A&M University-San Antonio
    (AASCU Board Chair)

     

    Kelli R. Brown

    Kelli R. Brown
    Western Carolina University (NC)



    Alexander N. Cartwright
    University of Central Florida (FL)



    Berenecea Johnson Eanes
    City University of New York, York College

    Jonathan GS Koppell

    Jonathan GS Koppell
    Montclair State University (NJ)

    Mark A. Nook

    Mark A. Nook
    University of Northern Iowa

    Kirk A. Nooks

    Kirk A. Nooks
    Gordon State College (GA)

    Ora Hirsch Pescovitz

    Ora Hirsch Pescovitz
    Oakland University (MI)

    Carlos Vargas

    Carlos Vargas
    Southeast Missouri State University