The Erasmus+ KA3 funded project TEFCE (Towards a European Framework for Community Engagement in Higher Education, 2018-2020) responded to the increasing priority of community engagement in higher education by mapping the current-state-of-the-art in community engagement in higher education and examining the feasibility of creating an innovative framework that could help universities and their stakeholders to measure the community engagement of universities. The project resulted in a highly original framework (the TEFCE Toolbox) that avoids adopting narrow indicators guided by ranking/benchmarking philosophies, instead opting for a participatory, qualitative approach that can provide meaningful and context-specific conclusions on how universities are community-engaged and how they can improve their engagement. The TEFCE project resulted in a ‘proof-of-concept’ of the TEFCE Toolbox, having been successfully piloted by four universities in four countries and having received positive feedback on the Toolbox’s value from leading international stakeholders in the area of community engagement in higher education. The project Steering Higher Education for Community Engagement (hereafter SHEFCE) project will undertake the crucial next steps in the process of creating a viable and sustainable European framework for community engagement in higher education.


Duration 01/09/2020 - 31/08/2023
Funding EU

Department for Higher Education Research

Principle investigator for the project (University for Continuing Education Krems) Univ.-Prof. Dkfm. Dr. habil Attila Pausits
Project members
Mag. Dr. Magdalena Fellner, MSc
Franziska Lessky, PhD MSc BA


Fellner, M.; Karieva, M.; Pausits, A. (2023). Action Plan for Community Engagement at the University for Continuing Education Krems. University for Continuing Education Krems, Krems

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