Robert Forrant, a professor at UMass-Lowell, writes in Beyond campus borders that, "engaged colleges and universities can play a catalytic and sustained role in social and economic development beyond simply the theoretical when their on- and off-campus efforts are guided by a reflective institutionwide and communitywide discourse."
He also mentions three national organizations that focus on community/campus issues:
- The New England Resource Center for Higher Education, whose projects include one focusing on the role of colleges and universities in economic development
- Campus Compact - a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement, and service-learning in higher education
- The Clearinghouse for the Scholarship of Engagement with resources including a link to the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Community Partnerships