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    The Transition of the Think Tanks to Brandeis

    The Think Tanks were developed in 1988 by the The New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE), which administered the program until June 2014. Recognizing the need to build a new generation of Thinks Tanks and adapt them to today’s higher education challenges, Brandeis assumed leadership of Think Tanks in September 2014.

    For more than 30 years CYC staff have worked with community and academy practitioners to understand the changing nature of their professions and organizations and to develop the skills to deal with these changes. In the words of longtime Director of the Center and Professor of Social Policy and Management at the Heller School, Susan P. Curnan, “We welcome the opportunity to build on the rich and meaningful work of the Think Tanks. The ‘mission fit’ is just right, and the timing is perfect to craft an action-learning agenda for the coming years as higher education faces growing challenges.”

    The Center’s commitment to community building, collaborative knowledge creation for action, and public engagement, coupled with the Heller School's strong mission of "Knowledge Advancing Social Justice", align closely with the purposes of the Think Tanks and the interests of members in sharing knowledge and building capacity for navigating and leading change in higher education.

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