Plan Development

Starting the Planning Process

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. This template provides guiding questions and considerations for campuses to discuss during Civic Action Plan development. Download and use this template as a starting point for your own plan!

This tool, developed by Utah Campus Compact (UTCC), is meant to be a companion piece to the Campus Compact Civic Action Planning process that was initiated by the 30th Anniversary Campus Compact Civic Action Statement. UTCC intends for it to be used for elective self-study and peer review processes. Utah Campus Compact encourages member campuses to see the Civic Action Planning as an interactive process that can further meaningful and reciprocal relationships with community partners for many years to come. 

This tool, developed by Missouri Campus Compact (MCC), is meant to be a companion piece to the Campus Compact Civic Action Planning process that was initiated by the 30th Anniversary Campus Compact Civic Action Statement. In this document, MCC outlines very basic steps and corresponding resources that could be helpful no matter the actual content of the plan. The following information provides more specifics, examples, tools, and resources that may be beneficial to you as you begin this process on your campus.

Ways To Go Bolder

In order to support colleges and universities in developing and implementing high-impact Campus Civic Action Plans, we are developing a collection of knowledge hubs. The hubs are organized under the five commitments of the 30th Anniversary Action Statement, signed by presidents and chancellors of member campuses as a commitment to the civic engagement of their institutions.

Each hub is a starting point for a campus planning team to learn more about an aspect of engagement work. Some hubs are focused on specific institutional policies or practices. Others are focused on issues of importance to communities. Still others highlight a mechanism for making change. Each hub contains key resources, organizations, and exemplars to provide information, partnership, and inspiration as you shape the future of community engagement at your institution.

In response to feedback received at the 3 national Civic Action Planning Institutes, Campus Compact hosted a webinar for planning teams on community organizing in higher education. This webinar was led by John Reiff, a community organizer and former faculty member at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Nearly 80 teams from Colleges and Universities around the country joined us for three Civic Action Planning Institutes where they came together to share resources, get inspired, and get to work on their Campus Civic Action plans that reflect the values of Campus Compact’s 30th Anniversary Action Statement.