I used this link: https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/constituency#constituency__17

Kamens (1977) suggests that the major function of a college or university is to redefine novice students as graduates who possess special qualities or skills. The value of the status transformation is negotiated with important constituencies through constant references to the quality and rigor of educational programs. The significance of the conversion from novice to graduate is validated by structural characteristics, reputation of faculty, success of former students, or appearance of the institution.

Source: https://books.google.com.vn/books?id=iRArDwAAQBAJ&pg=PA286

  • This book seems full of educational jargon. If you are not already very familiar with the specific meaning of terms like "constituencies" in this context, you will probably have a hard time reading this book, as you will likely not find the correct definition in the normal dictionary.
    – Andrew
    Commented May 6, 2019 at 4:40

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A "constituency" can mean an "interest group". In this context it means "groups of people who are interested in the educational outcomes of students". Such groups would include "employers of graduates", "the government", "parents of students" and probably others.

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