Engaged Campus Initiative

Embedding civic and community engagement into higher education institutions is at the heart of Campus Compact’s work. This work should connect to every aspect of the institution including: campus leaders who position their campuses to be democratic institutions in their local community; faculty who focus their teaching, research, and scholarship on public problem solving; staff who develop reciprocal community partnerships that enhance campus teaching, research, and outreach activities; students who enhance their curricular and co-curricular learning by participating in experiences which meet the self-identified needs of the community; and administrators who adopt an place-based paradigm which applies their economic power to better the economic and social welfare of their local communities.  

Engaged Faculty Institute

The Engaged Faculty Institute (EFI) provides an opportunity for beginning and experienced faculty to participate in a multi-faceted training experience around service learning.  The EFI curriculum is focused on both theoretical knowledge and practical application: integrating service-learning in to a syllabus, partnership development, and community-based research strategies.

Engaged Campus Series

CCSNE’s Engaged Campus Workshop Series is designed to engage faculty, staff, campus executives, and partners in high-quality professional development, networking, and planning sessions designed to advance the institutionalization of engagement. Each year, CCSNE collaborates with member campuses to offer topically focused opportunities that explore the diverse nature of community and civic engagement.

The Civic Action Plan development process is an opportunity for all campuses to maximize the impact of engagement for students, communities, and our shared world.  In recognition of Campus Compact’s 30th Anniversary in 2015-16, the Compact’s Board of Directors asked member presidents and chancellors to sign the Civic Action Statement and a promise to develop a Civic Action Plan for their campus.

Community Engagement Professionals Network

The Community Engagement Professionals Network (CEPN) brings together member campus faculty and staff who are responsible for leading CE programs and units to advance our common priorities through sharing best practices, professional development, networking, and partnership building.

Past Initiatives

CCSNE offered a four-part workshop series during 2018 designed to strengthen evaluation of community and civic engagement initiatives. Workshop topics including: developing a strategic evaluation plan; understanding and improving student learning and development; deepening community partnerships and measuring community impact; and advancing institutional change.

For more information on the Engaged Campus Initiative, contact Matt Farley at mfarley {at} compact(.)org.