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…

Strengthening Information on Community Engagement Project:

Follow Up Data on the 2015 Annual Survey from National Campus Compact   Project Coordinator: Anne Weiss, Director of Assessment Indiana Campus Compact 317-274-5512 haweiss {at} iupui(.)edu If you COMPLETED the Annual Survey from Campus Compact between October 2015 and January 2016, please complete this brief questionnaire: http://tinyurl.com/CCResponders If you did NOT COMPLETE the Annual Survey from Campus Compact in 2016, please complete this brief questionnaire: http://tinyurl.com/CCNResponders Rationale We are imperfect beings who make imperfect tools. As information seekers, our work is to take reasonable steps toward creating and seeking improvement, so that the data collected from our measurement tools are reliable, accurate,…

Strengthening Information on Community Engagement Project:

Strengthening Information on Community Engagement Project: Follow Up Data on the 2015 Annual Survey from National Campus Compact Project Coordinator: Anne Weiss, Director of Assessment, Indiana Campus Compact, 317-274-5512, haweiss {at} iupui(.)edu Rationale We are imperfect beings who make imperfect tools. As information seekers, our work is to take reasonable steps toward creating and seeking improvement, so that the data collected from our measurement tools are reliable, accurate, meaningful, and useful. What is known about the hard work of community engagement programs, initiatives, and pedagogies in higher education is due, in large part, to the efforts of National Campus Compact’s Annual Survey…

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