Community Colleges for Democracy

Community Colleges for Democracy (CC4D) is a network within the Campus Compact network dedicated to preparing community college students to be informed, active, and mobilized leaders in our democracy.  We believe preparing students for democracy and preparing them for the workforce, careers, and continued education are mutually reinforcing.  CC4D will advance the combined work of The Democracy Commitment (TDC) and Campus Compact’s community college engagement.  The network is led by Verdis L. Robinson, Director, Community College Engagement.

Community colleges are central to Campus Compact’s mission of ensuring that higher education is contributing to the health and strength of our democracy. Community colleges enroll nearly half of all students and play a disproportionate role in educating students from communities that face exclusion, as well as first generation students from all backgrounds.

The road to greater justice and equity runs through community colleges.

As Campus Compact engages higher education in the effort to achieve full participation in our communities, our democracy, and our economy, community colleges must and will stand front and center.

For more information, contact Verdis at verdis@compact.org.

Stay Connected to CC4D!

Campus Compact serves as a national megaphone to raise awareness about the public purposes of higher education. Compact staff work with leaders in the public, private, and philanthropic sectors to share information about the impact of member institutions and their work in engaged teaching, community partnerships, and more. Campus Compact’s national presence gives us a platform to bring stories about the public work of higher education to traditional and new media. Share your work to help us raise the profile of community colleges as central to the role of higher education in building democracy.

To keep informed about all the great tools and events we’ve got planned for our community college network, be sure to stay connected by subscribing to our network newsletter and following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Archived Issues:
February 2019
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Resources

Campus Compact provides training and resources for faculty and staff working to maximize community and campus assets to achieve shared goals. CC4D has begun to build a collection of toolkits, resources, and actionable materials that advance civic and democratic engagement and learning specific to the needs of community colleges.

Check out some of the great resources below and in our general resource library by searching for “community college.”

Addressing Student Housing Insecurity

Addressing Student Housing Insecurity

Table of Contents Student Housing Insecurity Mapping Tool “The Landscape of Student Housing Insecurity and Homelessness” Campus Programs Student Housi…

Community’s Colleges: Indicators of Engagement for Community Colleges- Revised

Community’s Colleges: Indicators...

A. Mission and Purpose ’¢ The institution’s mission statement explicitly articulates its commitment to the public purposes of higher education and is…

Election Imperatives

Election Imperatives

Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, Tufts University Election Imperatives is a collaborative, practitioner-focused document that grounds t…

Facilitating Political Discussions: A Facilitator Training Workshop Guide

Facilitating Political Discussions: A ...

The Institute for Democracy in Higher Education Having respectful and productive conversations about controversial issues is one of the most vital asp…

National Issues Forums Institute’s Issue Guides

National Issues Forums Institute’s I...

National Issues Forums (NIF) is a nonpartisan, nationwide network of locally sponsored public forums for the consideration of public policy issues. It…

Service-Learning at the American Community College

Service-Learning at the American Commu...

The chapter, “Connect2Complete: Combining Service-Learning and Peer Advocates to Increase Student Success in Developmental Education,” is co-authored…

Events

Community Colleges for Democracy is pleased to offer workshops, institutes, conference sessions, pre-conference workshops, webinars, and virtual dialogues specifically for community colleges throughout the year.  Take advantage of the wide variety of professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, and administrators through state, regional, and national conferences and events. Check out the Campus Compact events calendar to learn more about upcoming virtual meetings or find out when we’ll be in a neighborhood near you.

To find CC4D events and other convenings specific to community colleges, enter “community college” in the search box.

Civic Action Planning

Our Civic Action Planning initiative is focused on aligning institutional teaching, action, and policies with workforce development, completion, and equity priorities, among others.  Below you can explore submitted Community College Civic Action Plans from Campus Compact’s 30th Anniversary Action Statement initiative. We are consistently updating the CAP Library as new plans are submitted.  For more information check out the Civic Action Planning webpage.

Bunker Hill Community College Civic Action Plan

Bunker Hill Community College Civic Ac...

The Civic Action Plan of Bunker Hill Community College reflects the next level of community engagement that the College aspires to. With approximately…

Davidson County Community College Civic Action Plan

Davidson County Community College Civi...

Davidson County Community College (DCCC) has been committed to the Davidson and Davie counties for over 50 years. The College’s commitment to our comm…

Gateway Technical College Civic Action Plan

Gateway Technical College Civic Action...

In March 2016, Campus Compact, a nationwide organization of colleges and universities dedicated to community and civic engagement, provided a challeng…

Iowa Western Community College Civic Action Plan

Iowa Western Community College Civic A...

Iowa Western Community College believes that community engagement contributes to a more meaningful education, which yields both academic and personal…

Jefferson College Civic Action Plan

Jefferson College Civic Action Plan

In support of our student-centered comprehensive Community College, we will infuse Civic Engagement into the Jefferson College culture and build a com…

Kapi’olani Community College Civic Action Plan

Kapi’olani Community College Civ...

‘A‘ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia. No task is too big when done together by all.

Projects

We believe that community colleges are charged with preparing students to be informed, active, and mobilized citizens in their communities, states, and the world, in addition to preparing them for the workforce and careers. Campus Compact will support members in this work, providing programming specifically designed for community colleges, while offering valuable connections to national organizations and other campuses that are intentionally engaging in civic work to benefit students.