What We Do

Catalyze Campus Engagement

Campus Compact provides tools and resources to enable colleges and universities to engage effectively on issues that matter to communities beyond the campus. We help colleges and universities fulfill their public purposes–educating students for lives of citizenship and working through partnerships to meet the challenges affecting local, state, national, and global communities. In recognition of our 30th anniversary, we are encouraging college presidents and chancellors to sign our Action Statement, deepening their commitment to the public purposes of higher education. On an ongoing basis, we move campuses forward by providing resources and leading initiatives that advance the public purpose of higher education by furthering: excellence and innovation, student civic learning, and engaged teaching and scholarship.

Campus Compact supports and recognizes excellence and innovation in engaged teaching, scholarship, and practice. We identify and support innovative leaders and initiatives that show potential to contribute in meaningful ways to addressing public problems. This means supporting both emerging and established leaders and shining a light on exemplary practices. We do this in many ways including through:

Campus Compact enables colleges and universities to educate students for lives of citizenship and leadership in a democratic society. Our member campuses turn to us for models and resources that will enable them to cultivate in their students civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions. Our approach recognizes the power of experiential civic learning and the necessity of prompting students to augment good intentions with an understanding of context and policy. Our work is grounded in a fundamental respect for students as agents of change, including change in their own learning environments. From our perspective, colleges and universities teach students not only through formal curricula but also by modeling the values and practices essential to sustaining democracy. Through Campus Compact resources, our members become more effective in both forms of teaching.

Resources for Student Civic Learning

Connect2Complete Resource Guide

Connect2Complete Resource Guide

The success of the C2C program has prompted Campus Compact to create this Resource Guide to help colleges implement the C2C model on their own campuse…

Students As Colleagues: Expanding the Circle of Service-Learning Leadership

Students As Colleagues: Expanding the ...

This seminal volume takes service-learning to a new level by demonstrating how it can meet its academic and community goals while developing student l…

Raise Your Voice: A Student Guide to Making Positive Social Change

Raise Your Voice: A Student Guide to M...

This hands-on guide speaks directly to student leaders seeking to improve the effectiveness of their engaged work while enhancing their academic and c…

Campus Compact recognizes that the public purposes of higher education are achieved above all through the teaching and scholarship of faculty. But it is not automatic that teaching and scholarship serve public ends. That’s why we support campuses and individual faculty members as they develop their capacity to design courses, programs, and projects that produce and transmit knowledge as they serve the public good. Our knowledge resources help campuses build infrastructure to enable and encourage teaching and scholarship that serves communities. We educate colleges and universities about

  • Tenure and promotion policies that support engagement
  • Publication opportunities for engaged scholars
  • Syllabus design and course construction in a wide variety of disciplines

We create opportunities for scholars to share their work nationally, and we recognize excellence in the field.

Featured Initiative

TRUCEN

TRUCEN

The Research University Civic Engagement Network (TRUCEN) works to advance civic engagement and engaged scholarship among research universities and to…

Campus Compact identifies and recognizes excellence in engaged teaching, scholarship, and practice. We focus attention on work that creates impact for students and communities. We believe in students as developing practitioners, and thus we celebrate achievement by students alongside the accomplishments of established professionals. We shine a light on exemplary practices and innovation through:

  • Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award
  • Newman Civic Fellows Award for students
  • Conferences connecting emerging and experienced scholars and practitioners
  • Webinars connecting innovators with a national audienc

Campus Compact enables colleges and universities to educate students for lives of citizenship and leadership in a democratic society. Our member campuses turn to us for models and resources that will enable them to cultivate in their students civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions. Our approach recognizes the power of experiential civic learning and the necessity of prompting students to augment good intentions with an understanding of context and policy. Our work is grounded in a fundamental respect for students as agents of change, including change in their own learning environments. From our perspective, colleges and universities teach students not only through formal curricula but also by modeling the values and practices essential to sustaining democracy. Through Campus Compact resources, our members become more effective in both forms of teaching.

Resources for Student Civic Learning

Connect2Complete Resource Guide

Connect2Complete Resource Guide

The success of the C2C program has prompted Campus Compact to create this Resource Guide to help colleges implement the C2C model on their own campuse…

Students As Colleagues: Expanding the Circle of Service-Learning Leadership

Students As Colleagues: Expanding the ...

This seminal volume takes service-learning to a new level by demonstrating how it can meet its academic and community goals while developing student l…

Campus Compact recognizes that the public purposes of higher education are achieved above all through the teaching and scholarship of faculty. But it is not automatic that teaching and scholarship serve public ends. That’s why we support campuses and individual faculty members as they develop their capacity to design courses, programs, and projects that produce and transmit knowledge as they serve the public good. Our knowledge resources help campuses build infrastructure to enable and encourage teaching and scholarship that serves communities. We educate colleges and universities about

  • Tenure and promotion policies that support engagement
  • Publication opportunities for engaged scholars
  • Syllabus design and course construction in a wide variety of disciplines

We create opportunities for scholars to share their work nationally, and we recognize excellence in the field.