Resource Roundup

June 28, 2017

Campus Compact’s monthly resource roundup is curated by Minnesota Campus Compact. Learn more about MNCC’s work here. Articles, Books and Journals “Colleges Should Put Their Money Where Their Ideals Are” by Sandra Goldmark “It’s Actually Not About the Student: Rethinking the Power of Educational Technologies for Engaged Teaching and Learning” by Dan Butin “Placemaking and the University – Opening the University to the Community” by John Tibbit “So You Want to Reform Democracy” by Joshua Tauberer “What Iowa Needs Now: Civic-Minded Professionals” by Emily Shields of Iowa Campus Compact “Universities and Their Cities” by Scott Jaschick interviewing Steven J. Diner,…

Faculty Fellows Receive $16,250 from Indiana Campus Compact

Through support from the Indiana Campus Compact Faculty Fellows program, four Hoosier communities will benefit from the work of Tina M. Kruger, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Applied Health Sciences at Indiana State University, Mark Latta, M.A., Director of the Writing Center, Instructor of English, and Public Literacy Coordinator at Marian University, Lindsey Payne, Ph.D., Assistant Director at the Center for Instructional Excellence, Courtesy Appointment in Environmental and Ecological Engineering,  at Purdue University, and Jennifer VanSickle, Ed.D., associate professor of Sport Management and Coordinator of the Undergraduate Sport Management program at the University of Indianapolis. Kruger will plan…

FALL 2016 KICK-OFF

LAUNCH THE ACADEMIC YEAR WITH SUPPORT FROM INDIANA CAMPUS COMPACT Greetings, Partners & Friends: Whether we want to believe it or not, another academic year has begun and fall is just around the corner. I continue to be amazed by how fast August comes each year, and I often wonder how summer can pass by so fast when it seems as if May were just a few short days ago. When I reflect on where the time has gone, I can tell you that here at Indiana Campus Compact the team and I have counted down the days of summer…

Bringing students to the neighborhoods

Susan B. Hyatt, IUPUI, Department of Anthropology In Spring 2010, I was thrilled to open an email message Indiana Campus Compact, notifying me that I had been chosen as that year’s winner of the Hiltunen Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Scholarship of Engagement. This was, needless to say, a great honor for me but even more importantly, it was validation that the time I had spent, working collaboratively with students and with community-based organizations in Indianapolis, was recognized and valued by others. I had made my way to my PhD through something of an unorthodox path. From 1979-1981, I…

Hope, Voting and Creating the World You Want to Live In

HOPE, VOTING AND CREATING THE WORLD YOU WANT TO LIVE IN Getting to the polls is just the first step. By Paul Rogat Loeb. This article appeared in TheNation.com We live in a time fraught with bad news. From the toll of violence and poverty to the escalating march of climate change, every week brings temptations to despair. Hope may actually be more beleaguered in the wake of a president who won the office in part by branding himself with it. Many have concluded that political participation has become a futile game. For myself, I deal with potential despair by…

Marrying the literature to the real-time

A dark roll of rain clouds perched below a hazy sky, prepared to swoop down and release sorrow onto the black, pebbled beach below. Weathered fishermen scrambled to make swift decisions about food and family; some hunkered down in their boats for the evening, others relentlessly pushed their small vessels into the crashing waves. Decisions about food for you and me; choices that lead to food on the tables of their families. I stood where the Pacific Ocean meets the volcanic land, seemingly out of place. I’m not sure if it was my notebook or camera that gave me away,…

New Focus on the Community Engagement Professional

The number of administrative staff who support community engagement within higher education has grown exponentially over the past 10-12 years. Looking at the 2014 Campus Compact survey, 100% of respondents report having dedicated engagement staff. Looking at a survey of Carnegie Classified institutions, 91% of respondents reported having full-time administrative staffing for their engagement centers (Welch & Saltmarsh, 2013). Despite their growing numbers, there has been very little empirical literature focused on these administrative stakeholders, such as myself. As a group, we influence the ways faculty, students, community partners, and institutional leaders implement and evolve engagement within higher education. We…

INCC launches five-year strategic plan

The 2015-2020 plan will guide Indiana Campus Compact into its twenty-fifth anniversary as they prepares college students to advance the public good in their communities. The plan to Increase Indiana Higher Education’s Collective Impact on Communities presents a strategy that ties together a clear mission with clear goals and performance measures. The plan envisions Indiana Campus Compact as a national exemplar by equipping every student in every institution with the competence, confidence, humility, and experience to be well- informed, engaged citizens. Indiana Campus Compact Board of Directors Chair and President of Valparaiso University Mark Heckler says, “The plan keeps us…

“I don’t want people to think the work is done:” Macalester’s Ten Years of Solidarity with New Orleans

In 2006, many 15-passenger vans arrived in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Faculty, staff, and student volunteers from campuses around the country, including Macalester College, responded to the disaster by mucking out houses, cutting back overgrowth, and helping people find a way home. Ten years after the storm, Macalester continues to stand in solidarity with it’s New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) partners, and adapted their involvement as the landscape of community recovery has evolved. These days, when staff leads Ruth Janisch Lake and Sedric McClure ask their NOLA partners “How can we support you?” their partners tell them…

New Focus on the Community Engagement Professional

The number of administrative staff who support community engagement within higher education has grown exponentially over the past 10-12 years. Looking at the 2014 Campus Compact survey, 100% of respondents report having dedicated engagement staff. Looking at a survey of Carnegie Classified institutions, 91% of respondents reported having full-time administrative staffing for their engagement centers (Welch & Saltmarsh, 2013). Despite their growing numbers, there has been very little empirical literature focused on these administrative stakeholders, such as myself. As a group, we influence the ways faculty, students, community partners, and institutional leaders implement and evolve engagement within higher education. We…

Thirtieth Anniversary Action Statement

July 28, 2015

Every summer, Campus Compact convenes a National Network Leadership Meeting, bringing together our Board of Directors, the chairs of our state and regional Compact boards, our state and regional executive directors, and our national staff. We take stock of our network and of the national movement for the public purposes of higher education, and we work to identify the steps we can take to increase the scope and impact of our movement. This summer, we met in Minneapolis, where we were hosted by Augsburg College and its president, Paul Pribbenow, a member of our board and one of the most…

Tell us your stories about responding to Baltimore

July 13, 2015

In May, Campus Compact released a statement about how colleges and universities can respond to the events in Baltimore, Ferguson, and elsewhere around the United States. The statement included a list of recommendations and an accompanying set of resources. Since then, I have heard from several colleagues about steps their campuses have taken–or plans they have made–based on these recommendations. I would love to hear more such stories. If your campus has taken action or made plans in response to the Campus Compact recommendations–or even without prompting from us–please share your story. Submit a comment in response to this post….

Remembering Pat Donohue

July 13, 2015

Pat Donohue, until recently assistant provost for community engaged learning programs and partnerships at The College of New Jersey, died last week. Pat represented the very best of higher education community engagement. In the nine years he spent at TCNJ, Pat built the college’s Bonner program into an extraordinary vehicle for learning and for positive community change. He did much more than that—creating and expanding a wide range of programs—but his work with the Bonners will be his enduring legacy. What stands out about Pat’s work at TCNJ is the depth of his twin commitments to the development of his…

Are College Graduates Prepared to Support their Alma Maters?

President, Campus Compact|
May 8, 2015

In recent weeks, public universities across the country have found themselves buffeted by political forces. In Wisconsin, Louisiana, Illinois, and North Carolina, budgets have been cut, longstanding missions questioned, and centers closed. In states that have attracted less attention, the story is not all that different. In May of 2014, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reported that 48 states had not brought per student higher education spending back up to pre-recession levels, and the average state was spending 23% less per student than before the recession. Earlier this year, Young Invincibles released a report card grading states on…

Platform Partnerships

President, Campus Compact|
May 7, 2015

Those of us whose work focuses on connecting higher education with the needs and opportunities in communities spend a lot of time thinking about partnerships. We don’t get anything done except through partnerships. If faculty and staff ever thought colleges and universities could act unilaterally for community benefit, that view is, fortunately, mostly extinct. There is a consensus that universities need to work with partners who possess community knowledge, relationships, and the credibility that comes with both. A lot has been written about university:community partnerships. The bulk of published work on partnerships focuses on what might be thought of as…

An Observation About the Mission of Higher Education

President, Campus Compact|
April 29, 2015

You will often hear people speak about the tripartite mission of colleges and universities: teaching, research, and service. I think that way of describing the mission of higher education institutions reflects a basic misconception. Colleges and universities exist to serve the public. That is why all public and non-profit private universities are publicly subsidized—either directly or through tax exemption. Colleges and universities do not, in other words, have three missions. They have one: service to the public. They achieve that mission through teaching and research. That is why we should constantly ask how effectively the teaching and research of our…

The Priority of Democracy for Campus Compact

President, Campus Compact|
April 27, 2015

Campus Compact is a network of extraordinary internal diversity. We comprise 34 state and regional Compacts and 1100 member institutions across the United States and beyond. Our members are public and private, two-year and four-year, graduate and undergraduate. One result of that diversity is that it can be difficult to understand what Campus Compact is. When you look at us in action, you see us doing a lot of different things. There is a natural tendency to reduce us to those activities. So some people might think Campus Compact is a service learning organization. Others might think we are a…

From Hope to Action

President, Campus Compact|
April 23, 2015

I’ve been traveling quite a bit lately, so I haven’t had a chance to turn many of my recent thoughts into posts. I hope I will be forgiven for a response to a piece from nearly two weeks ago. I’ll try to compensate for untimeliness with brevity. In a short opinion piece published on The Upshot, the data-informed section of the New York Times, the Harvard economist Sendhil Mullainathan expresses ambivalence that so many of this spring’s Harvard economics graduates will pursue careers in finance that focus on making money without producing social value. Mullainathan points out that financial expertise…

On Wisconsin

President, Campus Compact|
April 21, 2015

One of the many pleasures of my job is traveling around the country seeing the inspiring work of our state and regional Campus Compacts and the faculty, staff, and students of our member colleges and universities. Last week, I was in Madison for the annual Wisconsin Campus Compact Civic Engagement Institute. It was a daylong gathering featuring an intriguing keynote address by Ed Morrison, founder of Strategic Doing, located at Purdue University’s Center for Regional Development. I had the opportunity to sit down with chancellors and presidents, participate in the introduction of WiCC’s talented new executive director, and cheer along…

Campus Compact’s Thirtieth Anniversary

President, Campus Compact|
April 21, 2015

“In the face of growing complexity and danger in the problems facing American society, there are clear signs that self-interest is undermining public interest. There is todaya dangerous mismatch between the country’s urgent need for civic mindedness and the parochial attitudes of its citizens. The intense demand for economic, social, and political renewal requires a far greater sense of public purpose.” Those are the opening lines of the background information provided to attendees at the first meeting of the Coalition of College Presidents for Civic Responsibility, held at Georgetown University in January of 1986. By the end of that year,…

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