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Perceptions of Partnership: A study on nonprofit and higher education collaboration

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Description: This study and its recommendations build on this work: centering community-campus partnerships as the unit of analysis from the perspective of staff from community-based organizations. This allowed for new insight into characteristics of effective partnerships and how they are achieved. Participation was purposefully open to CBOs with varying degrees of partnership with higher education, including those who have an interest but do not have a current relationship with any college or university. Rather than focusing on specific modes of partnership (e.g. academic service-learning), this study broadly defined the scope of partnership to be inclusive of the wide range of experiences CBOs have. Our primary research question was: How do community-based organizations perceive their partnership with institutions of higher education?

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