Pushing Beyond the Borders: Bridging Higher Ed and Communities Through the Anchor Dashboard

Authors: Alan M Delmerico*, Institute for Community Health Promotion, William F Wieczorek, Institute for Community Health Promotion
Topics: Geography and Urban Health, Higher Education, Urban Geography
Keywords: anchor institutions, urban engagement
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Napoleon A1, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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The Anchor Institution Community Benefit Dashboard is a leading model for understanding the influence an urban engaged institution has on its surrounding community through institutional and community oriented measures. Buffalo State College has been formally involved with the Anchor Dashboard Learning Cohort since 2014, however our institution has long maintained an orientation toward working beyond our campus borders. The goal of this effort is to better understand the mechanisms through which large, embedded institutions can contribute to the improvement and vibrancy in their communities. The Dashboard is designed to track the effort and impact of an engaged institution through the intentional application of its considerable resources toward improving the long-term well-being of the community in which it is embedded. The Dashboard has five main categories: Anchor Mission Alignment; Economic Development; Education; Health, Safety & Environment; and Community Building. Buffalo State’s involvement in the Anchor Institution Dashboard Learning Cohort over the past two years of data collection and reporting has resulted in critical insights into how to further embed this orientation throughout the policies and practices of this institution, and in turn satisfy the commitment to the Anchor mission established in the Strategic Plan. A deeper implementation of the Anchor Dashboard as a tool can help to guide decision-making across broad areas of institutional practice while strengthening the impact of existing policy such as the Civic Action Plan and Buffalo State’s Strategic Plan. Themes such as measurement refinement, institutional data infrastructure development and public engagement around the Dashboard will be discussed.

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