Our members fulfill their public purposes by educating students for informed and responsible citizenship, advancing research to address public challenges of all kinds, and building local communities through partnerships and institutional action. Through the Compact network, institutions gain valuable information about how their peers are creating impact on student civic learning and community goals and have the opportunity to share efforts of their own. More than 1000 colleges and universities working together can advance the public good in ways no institution can alone.
Campus Compact provides training and resources for institutions working to leverage existing community and campus assets for maximum impact on shared campus and community goals. This includes our Campus Civic Action Planning initiative, knowledge hubs focused on specific areas for exploration, access to coaches and individualized planning assistance, and funding through projects focused on specific aspects of campus action.
Campus Compact provides essential resources for faculty including our syllabus collection, The Research University Engaged Scholarship Toolkit, and a wide variety of publications focused on course construction, department-level alignment, assessment, and more. Campus Compact’s Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award recognizes excellence in engaged scholarship, raising the profile of community-based teaching and research.
Our newly redesigned Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students from Campus Compact member institutions. The fellowship emphasizes personal, professional, and civic growth. The fellowship experience includes a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, along with online learning opportunities and periodic regional gatherings. Newman Civic Fellows have special eligibility for scholarships and post-graduate fellowships.
Our national network provides ongoing professional development for faculty, staff, and administrators working to build partnerships with community-based organizations through state, regional, and national conferences and events. We are preparing to launch a credentialing program for Community Engagement Professions to provide best-practice education, access to the latest resources, and a stronger professional identity for those advancing the public mission of higher education.
Member institutions receive hands-on technical support through our national office, as well as our state and regional Compacts. Campus Compact professionals support member institutions in devising and implementing curricular and co-curricular student programs, building community partnerships, shaping faculty and staff professional development programs, and more.