Creating Campus Community: In Search of Ernest Boyer's by William M. McDonald

By William M. McDonald

"We have at our disposal one of many maximum automobiles for...community-building identified to humankind--the one referred to as education." --from the foreword via Parker Palmer

"Connecting authentically and deeply with others throughout all dimensions of lifestyles enriches the human spirit. The experience of neighborhood due to such connections is a trademark of a supportive campus atmosphere, which we all know is a vital consider improving scholar studying. The contributions to this booklet provide a imaginative and prescient we will paintings towards and supply instructive examples from sorts of associations to indicate the way." --George D. Kuh, chancellor's professor and director, nationwide Survey of scholar Engagement, Indiana University

"Ernie Boyer was once a massive in better schooling. This e-book, a source consultant, specializes in considered one of his nice loves--campus group. The e-book examines his contributions and gives a compelling schedule for action." --Arthur Levine, president, lecturers university, Columbia University

"This well-written and well timed publication attracts at the classes realized from 5 very diverse associations as they tried to handle an important problem to better education-building potent campus groups. Practitioners will locate this to be a useful source and consultant as they try to carry Ernie Boyer's imaginative and prescient to lifestyles on their campuses. an excellent tribute to at least one of America's best educators!" --Charles C. Schroeder, professor of upper schooling, college of Missouri-Columbia

"There isn't any subject extra vital in larger schooling this day than growing campus group. McDonald and his affiliates have certainly lived as much as Ernest Boyer's legacy by way of proposing us with a striking set of campus versions for us to respect. . . and emulate." --Yolanda T. Moses, president, American organization for better Education

"This booklet comes at an auspicious time of academic transformation. just like the Boyer heart, this book's basic precedence in assembly latest difficult new realities is the invention and production of latest types of community." --Glen R. Bucher, government director, the Boyer middle

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The human experience sings to our need for both solitude and relationship. Although learning and creativity can take seed and flower from moments of solitude, they can also flow from our experience of community. Consider, for example, this illustration and exploration of community that is found in a true story of two thousand men and women—prisoners of the Japanese during World War II—who were forced into constructing a community in China. The story is told by Langdon Gilkey in Shantung Compound (1966).

Campus Dialogues to Form a Just and Caring Ethos Today’s college students are targets for harassment and agitation from hate groups across the nation. The effort to create a hate-free environment in which differences in ethnicity, sexual orientation, and political-social perspectives are respected attests to Boyer’s repudiation of hate and to the recognition that hate and divisiveness threaten the very concept of student learning communities. ” The sense of community is thus increased by promoting the building of student coalitions, bringing nationally known speakers and media materials to campus, and enhancing intergroup dialogues.

Gilkey says, “One of the strangest lessons that our unstable lifepassage teaches us is that the unwanted is often creative rather than destructive . . this is a common mystery of life, an aspect, if you will, of common grace: out of apparent evil new creativity can arise if the meanings and possibilities latent within the new situation are grasped with courage and with faith” (p. 242). The Shantung Compound was given to me by a friend serving as academic dean of a private college, an act of friendship and relationship.

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