What We Do

Through leveraging an extensive knowledge base informed by research and practice, we build the institutional capacity of our member campuses and their partners to achieve their civic missions.  Additionally, we build awareness of the role that civic engagement plays in our communities.  We achieve this through utilizing the following local, regional, and national strategies:

  • Convene key campus and community stakeholders to provide networking opportunities, sharing of resources, and best practices
  • Conduct, collect, publish, and disseminate research demonstrating best practices in civic action
  • Identify and provide financial and other resources to amplify campus civic action and partnerships
  • Consult with member campuses to strengthen planning and implementation of civic and community engagement
  • Provide professional development to faculty, staff, students, community partners, college administrators, and presidents
  • Develop and deliver programs to support student success
  • Promote the role of civic engagement in higher education among college presidents, funders, policymakers, national organizations, and other stakeholders
  • Build strategic partnerships with local, state, regional, and national stakeholders
  • Recognize and reward outstanding work, leadership, commitment, and advocacy of students and student groups, faculty, staff, and community partners

We are committed to preparing members of our campus communities with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that prepare them to be public problem solvers, community builders, and leaders of a diverse, democratic society.  Our work is grounded in a fundamental respect for individuals as agents of change, including change in their own learning environments. From our perspective, colleges and universities teach students not only through formal curricula and co-curricular activities but also by modeling the values and practices essential to sustaining democracy.

Locally and nationally, we provide:

  • Resources for faculty and staff focused on civic learning outcomes and strategies that help to create or enrich curricular and co-curricular experiences.
  • A student conference where students can learn, network, and better prepare to create change on their campus and in their communities.
  • Strategies and partners to enhance students’ political engagement during and after their collegiate experience.
  • Trainings for faculty and staff on how to strengthen civil discourse, dialogue, and public deliberation so that people can work across difference to create change.
  • Fellowships for students interested in connecting with others committed to a democratic and equitable future.
  • Model programs that strengthen student retention through civic and service-learning.

Creating, distributing, and applying knowledge for the advancement of student learning and community development is at the heart of higher education.  Our work seeks to maximize teaching, research, and service to advance civic life and address today’s critical problems through sustainable, reciprocal partnerships among faculty, staff, students, institutions, and communities.

Locally and nationally, we provide:

Campus Compact’s commitment to the public purposes of higher education drives our approach to engagement with communities. We develop and facilitate partnerships between higher education and communities that produce impact on issues that matter. We view colleges and universities as anchor institutions–-rooted to place and interdependent with surrounding communities. In support of that vision, Campus Compact builds partnerships to test innovative practices and actively disseminates knowledge about effective approaches.

Locally and nationally, we provide:

  • Tools for strengthening partnerships with community based organizations, schools, public institutions, and private organizations
  • Staffing capacity building through AmeriCorps VISTA that assist in initiating and strengthening partnerships that address poverty in our local communities.
  • Partnerships with state and region wide organizations, coalitions, and collective impact initiatives.
  • Knowledge hubs for activity related to an institution’s role as an anchor in the community, such as purchasing, employment, and real estate development
  • Civic Action Planning resources for colleges and universities committed to aligning assets with institutional values and public mission
  • Models for building strong foundations to advance shared campus and community goals including educational equity