COUNCIL ON HIGHER EDUCATION Higher Education Quality Committee Conference on Community Engagement in Higher Education 3 – 5 September 2006, Protea President Hotel, Bantry, Cape Town, South Africa P.O. BOX 355, MUIZENBERG 7950, SOUTH AFRICA ● TEL: (27) (21) 788 1145 ● FAX: (27) (21) 788 1174 EMAIL: email@example.com WEBSITE: www.chesp.org.za/conference Conference Announcement Please see the conference website www.chesp.org.za/conference for further details. Conference Background The Founding Document (2001) of the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) identified “knowledge based community service” as one of the three areas – along with teaching and learning, and research – for the accreditation and quality assurance of higher education. Subsequently, the HEQC incorporated community engagement and its service-learning component into its national quality assurance systems. In June 2004 the HEQC released its Criteria for Institutional Audits, including criteria on service-learning (Criterion 7) and community engagement (Criterion 18). In November 2004 the HEQC released its Criteria for Programme Accreditation, including minimum requirements for service-learning (Criterion 1). Given the inclusion of community engagement as a core function in South African higher education and the proliferation of academic programmes that include community engagement, it was considered both timely and appropriate to host a major conference on the subject. Goals of the Conference The overarching goal of the conference is to promote an enabling environment for the conceptualization and implementation of community engagement in South African HEIs. Specific goals are: • To promote Dialogue among senior academics and local authority/ community leaders regarding local and regional development through teaching, learning and research; • To explore the implications of community engagement for HEI Governance and Management; • To explore the potential of Partnerships as a vehicle for community engagement; • To explore the potential of community engagement in Teaching and Learning; • The explore the potential of community engagement through Research; • To identify the Enabling Mechanisms for and Key Challenges to community engagement in higher education; • To identify critical issues for Managing the Quality of community engagement; and • To develop Strategies and Recommendations for the implementation of community engagement. The CHE is an independent statutory body established by the Higher Education Act, no. 101 of 1997. The CHE advises the Minister of Education on all higher education issues and is responsible for quality assurance and promotion through the Higher Education Quality Committee. VAT Registration Number: 4450198231. Visit our website at http://www.che.ac.za Conference Themes Within the broad conference theme of Community Engagement in Higher Education the conference will focus on the implications of community engagement for each of the following four vertical themes: • The implications of community engagement for HEI Governance and Management; • The role and nature of Partnerships for community engagement; • Community engagement through Teaching and Learning; and • Community engagement through Research. In addition, the following four horizontal themes, which cut across the above vertical themes, will be woven into each vertical theme: • Enabling Mechanisms for community engagement; • Key Challenges to implementation; • Managing the Quality of community engagement; and • Strategies and Recommendations for implementing community engagement. Intended Participants All public HEIs in South Africa will be invited to nominate seven delegates to attend the conference. Of these a maximum of four should be from the HEI itself. It is requested that a further three delegates be nominated from the local authority, community and/or business leaders within the geographic region of the HEI. It is suggested that participants be senior personnel (e.g. DVCs; Deans; Academic Planners; Quality Managers; appropriate Chief Directors in local government etc.) with strategic decision making responsibilities. HEIs will be requested to assign each of their nominated delegates to one of the four Concurrent Workshop themes of the conference. Costs There will be no registration fee for the conference. Consequently the cost to delegates will be limited to their accommodation and travel expenses. The cost for accommodation and all meals at the conference venue will be R955.00 per person per night for a single en-suite room and R840.00 per person per night sharing a double en-suite room. Sponsorship The accommodation and travel costs of Speakers; Respondents; Resource Persons; Chairs and Scribes, and the accommodation costs of the 5th, 6th, and 7th delegate from each HEI delegation, will be covered by the Conference Organisers. Exhibits HEIs are invited to exhibit their current community engagement initiatives. HEIs intending to use this opportunity are requested to complete the Conference Exhibit Form. An award of R10 000-00 will be allocated to the HEI voted by conference delegates to have the most informative exhibition. Conference Venue The conference will be held at the Protea Hotel President, Bantry Bay, Cape Town. Conference Dates The official opening of the conference will be at 19h00 on Sunday evening 3 September 2006. The opening will be preceded by a finger supper commencing at 18h00. The conference will close at 15h00 on Tuesday 5 September 2006.