Maggie Stevens, Indiana Campus Compact Executive Director
As we are visiting our Indiana Campus Compact roots this year, I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Thomas Ehrlich and reflect upon his involvement in the establishment of Indiana Campus Compact during his tenure as President of Indiana University (look for a story about this next month in our eBrief). While speaking with Dr. Ehrlich, he shared that one of the important things that Indiana Campus Compact provided was a platform for all college and university presidents/chancellors across the state to come together around a common purpose—connecting civic engagement and higher education. This common ground also provided an opportunity for higher education leaders of all institution types—public or private-- to travel to the statehouse together and meet with our elected officials with a united front about the future higher education in Indiana.
Stephanie Moran, Director of the Community Partnership Center, Anderson University
Do you ever find yourself wondering if the work you do on your campus has impact? Do you ever contemplate if the time and energy you put toward the effort of service and civic engagement has meaning and makes a difference? Do you try to measure how service engagement affects your campus as well as the individual student, staff, or faculty member? What about the measurable effects on the community partner?
- Do you know many students participated in a service learning course on your campus last year?
- Do you know how many faculty members on your campus teach service learning courses each year?
- Do you know how many cumulative hours of service your campus completed last year through campus based community outreach programs?