The Western Region Campus Compact Consortium, which includes the California, Colorado, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Washington Campus Compact offices, conducted a survey of more than 2,500 faculty members at 47 campuses throughout the region to explore how higher education faculty bring involvement in their local communities to their work as educators and how this involvement affects them. The survey, formally know as the Faculty Engagement Survey, was conducted between February and April 2009. The survey collected data on a variety of dimensions, including:

  • how faculty are involved in service-learning and/or community-based research
  • the nature of service-learning and community-based research practices, such as teaching and reflection strategies
  • the specific elements that faculty members identify as challenging to and supportive of their use of service-learning and/or community-based research
  • student learning and development outcomes that faculty expect
  • the personal and professional impacts faculty experience due to their use of service-learning and/or community-based research.

Funding was provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Learn and Serve America Higher Education.