Content with Topics : Engaged Campus

Dr. Cristina Santamaría Graff talks about her innovative Family as Faculty program

Listen to the Compact Nation Podcast Season 4, Episode 16, where our very own Dr. Santamaría Graff and J.R. Jamison discuss Faculty as Family at IUPUI which involves families as key participants in teacher education programs, informing the curriculum and impacting the way future teachers engage with families in the classroom to better serve children’s needs.

Congratulations 2020 Carnegie Classified Campuses – Indiana University Bloomington, Taylor University, the University of Indianapolis, and the University of Notre Dame

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 18, 2020 Contact: Liza Blomquist, Indiana Campus Compact 317.274.6505 liza {at} incampuscompact(.)org Carnegie Foundation Selects Colleges and Universities for 2020 Community Engagement Classification Indiana Campus Compact Partner campuses among the 119 colleges and universities nationwide to receive the classification in 2020 Indianapolis, Indiana.  February 18, 2020 – Indiana Campus Compact is delighted to announce that four of its partner institutions have been selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its Community Engagement Classification, an elective designation that indicates an institutional commitment to community engagement. Indiana University Bloomington, Taylor University, the University of Indianapolis, and…

Indiana Campus Compact On WFYI’s No Limits

WFYI No Limits / Indiana Campus Compact MARCH 21, 2019 Today on No Limits we talk about the Indiana Campus Compact, ICC, an organization that works to engage college students beyond campus. Our guests are ICC Executive Director J.R. Jamison, ICC Director of Communications Liza Donovan Blomquist and Ally Nickerson, University of Indianapolis student.   CLICK TO OPEN AUDIO FILE    

Make someone’s day – or year!

Know someone on your campus who is changing their community? Find out how we’ve made it easier for you to honor them. By Angela Cain “She leads with her heart and has “servant” in her bones.” I was honored to read that line, recently, from a script describing a young college student, and it unexpectedly choked me up and brought tears to my eyes. It was at the 2019 Awards Gala which took place during the Service Engagement Summit, from Indiana Campus Compact, in February. I was emceeing the Gala. During that moment, I was reading the nomination for the…

Fall 2018 Kick-off Packet

Start the New Academic Year with Support from Indiana Campus Compact! Welcome back to campus, partners & friends: This time of year offers a certain nostalgia that makes me eager to get back into the swing of our work. While community engagement doesn’t follow a specific calendar and keeps us busy year round, it’s you, our trusted colleagues, who begin to reemerge within our inboxes and through our phones. It’s a reminder that none of us are in this work alone, and that we need each other to truly meet our goals. Our team here at Indiana Campus Compact has…

Indiana Campus Compact Announces 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Status

Indiana Campus Compact Prepares College and University Students to Advance the Public Good in their Communities Indiana Campus Compact Student Nominees for the Richard J. Wood Award Indianapolis, IN – Indiana Campus Compact is proud to announce its designation by the Internal Revenue Service as a public charity with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. With this new designation, Indiana Campus Compact can broaden its access to resources and strengthen its ability to serve institutions of higher education and their community partners across the state of Indiana. “Obtaining 501(c)(3) status is a major milestone…

Connecting Campuses with Communities

Developing. Engaging. Exploring. Who should attend? Scholars who are interested in enhancing their service-learning/community-based courses and advancing their research on service-learning and community engagement Practitioners whose primary job is to support faculty development, and develop community-campus partnerships, and strengthen campus-wide community engagement efforts. The week-long conference focuses on building a network of scholars and practitioners and offers participants the opportunity to attend any combination of three workshops.

“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…

Are College Graduates Prepared to Support their Alma Maters?

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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…

On Wisconsin

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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

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“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,…

Are College Graduates Prepared to Support their Alma Maters?

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…

The Skills to Make Local Change

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The Chronicle of Higher Education reported last week about Dartmouth’s effort to fight back against its culture of binge drinking and sexual assault. The pessimism among students about the likelihood of success reminded me of conversations I had with students when I was working at Princeton. I was co-teaching a seminar on social entrepreneurship, in which the students were developing proposals to do things like end global poverty. They were all quite confident that they could lead systemic change to produce major impact.  Inspired in part by the work of Bringing Theory to Practice, I opened a conversation one day with…

Fostering Student Success Across the Education Continuum

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A new report from the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania paints a clear picture of how deeply economic inequality is integrated into higher education in the United States. The report shows that 18-24 year olds from the top income quintile are nearly twice as likely to enroll in post-secondary education as their counterparts from the bottom quintile. Young people from the top quintile are more than eight times as likely as young people from the bottom quintile to earn a bachelor’s degree by age 24. In 1970, those in the top quintile…

Student Civic Learning Depends on Institutional Commitment to Change

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On Saturday morning, I had the opportunity to deliver the closing keynote at the Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values at Florida State University. The Dalton Institute is an annual gathering of students, faculty, staff, and administrators who care about preparing college students for lives of effective public participation. The theme of this year’s institute was, “Widening Inequalities: Educating Students to Be Fair and Equitable in the World They Will Lead.” Ever since Aristotle, philosophers and social scientists have understood that exemplars make a difference: If you see your parents acting justly, that’s likely to have a big impact…

Helping Community Colleges Succeed

Following President Obama’s call for free community college, there has been much discussion of the role of community colleges in increasing access to college and improving our society. Predictably, opponents of the president’s proposal have pointed to low completion rates to support the claim that community colleges are a lost cause. The facts don’t support the conclusion. Compared to other institutions of higher education, community colleges disproportionately serve socioeconomically vulnerable and underprepared students. If you focus on graduation rates for this population, community colleges end up looking pretty much like four-year colleges. Claims that for-profits do better with the same…

What is to be done about rankings?

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Join me in a thought experiment. Let’s start with the premise that colleges and universities—those that are publicly funded and those that receive a public subsidy through tax exemption—should serve the public. From there, we can conclude that rankings should reward colleges and universities that serve the public well (even if they also reward other things). How do our current ranking systems do? Before answering, I want to note that rankings are on the agenda for people who care about the public purposes of higher education all over the world. I was recently at the Talloires Network Leaders  Conference in South…