Higher Education, Community Engagement, and the Public Good: Building the Future of Continuing Education in Canada


  • Budd L. Hall




This article is about the potential for university-community engagement to serve the public good by transforming the health and well-being of our communities. It documents contemporary expressions of and renewed calls for community university engagement. It includes a detailed treatment of community based research, discussed in the overall context of community-university engagement. The article also explores some other important and growing dimensions of community university engagement, including the development of structures for the support of community-based research and community-service learning. It concludes with an argument that university-community engagement, while not the only current trend in higher education that affects our work in continuing education, is nonetheless a very important new development in which continuing education has much to offer and much to gain.

Author Biography

Budd L. Hall

Budd Hall, currently director of the Office of Community-Based Research at the University of Victoria, was chair of the Department of Adult Education at OISE/University of Toronto and secretary-general of the International Council for Adult Education. He also chaired the University of Victoria Task Force on Civic Engagement. Hall is also a poet.






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