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Building a Service Corps: Using Capacity Building Strategies to Promote Service-Learning and Social Entrepreneurship Within a Higher Education Consortium

Joseph Hampton Holland, Phillis L. George, Karson M. Nelson


This article entails a case analysis of a sample of schools from a higher education network or consortium in partnership with The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation.  The Foundation seeks to empower students and communities through civic engagement and social entrepreneurship.  A primary mechanism for doing so is by developing and cultivating a network of 70 colleges and universities, thereby enabling the Foundation’s capacity to educate and prepare nearly 250,000 collegians for life-long and intentional careers in social change-making.  To assist with this endeavor, the Foundation commissioned this study to assess the existing service corps and social entrepreneurship framework of its partner institutions.  Using a capacity-building framework, the study includes findings from a survey of existing service-learning and social entrepreneurship programs and initiatives as well as recommendations for strengthening the Sullivan network or higher education consortium to provide more formal service-learning and social entrepreneurial experiences for collegians.



service-learning, social entrepreneurship, higher education, capacity-building

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Partnerships is sponsored by North Carolina Campus Compact, and hosted by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. ISSN: 1944-1061
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