What We Do

Partnering with Indiana Higher Education Institutions to Expand Community Engagement

Indiana Campus Compact invests in its partner campuses through training, grants, and the professional network it provides for faculty, staff, and students. Through that support, Indiana campuses partner with community agencies to make a difference for tens of thousands of community members each year.

Indiana Campus Compact is the only organization in the state that works with public, independent, and two-year institutions of higher education. The Compact is made up of colleges and universities dedicated to engaged teaching and learning, the kind of learning that stays with students as they transition into life after college.


Our Mission

Indiana Campus Compact is a 501(c)(3) non-profit partnership of Indiana’s public, private, and community college higher education institutions focused on advocating, implementing, and improving community engagement efforts so that students graduate as well-informed, engaged, and productive members of society who are fully enabled to provide leadership and service that advances the public good in their communities. Indiana Campus Compact is an affiliate of the national Campus Compact, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. 


Grant and Loans 
Community engagement grants of up to $11,000 and loans of up to $50,000.

Training and Events 
Individual consultation, state-wide professional development conferences, opportunities to publish scholarly work, learning communities, and technical assistance

Resources and Recognition 
Access to journal editors and a nation-wide network of subject matter experts, electronic archives, the freshest news from the field, and a state-wide recognition program for students, faculty, staff, community partners, and institutions.


Indiana Campus Compact convenes, supports, and promotes Indiana institutions of higher education that are leveraging their knowledge, resources, and power for the public good.

Indiana Campus Compact provides partnership benefits directly to faculty and staff to make community engagement part of their courses, programs and projects, and part of the culture of campus life.

Indiana Campus Compact believes in the power of working together to support future leaders who push the status quo and who use their skills to create vibrant communities across Indiana.


Our Vision

Indiana Campus Compact will be the recognized advocate, network, and agent of change for service engagement in Indiana higher education. The vision is to be a national exemplar by equipping every student in every institution with the competence, confidence, humility, and experience to be well-informed, engaged citizens through involvement in service engagement that advances the public good in their communities. 


Our History

In 1993, two groups of people started talking about connections. A group of college students discussed the connection between their academic life and their volunteer work. At the same time, another group was forming. Six university and college presidents came together to talk about what one founding board member, University of Notre Dame former President Edward A. Malloy, called “a collective sense that higher education needed to focus more directly on making a difference in our communities and neighborhoods.” 

Learn More

Learn more about our story by reviewing the 20th Anniversary timeline.