Introducing Campus Compact’s Credentialing Program for
Colleges and universities are rapidly hiring to fill the positions of Community Engagement Director or Director of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement on their campus. Campus Compact is launching a credentialing program for these Community Engagement Professionals (CEPs). The credentialing program is designed to:
- Establish consensus on the skills and knowledge base CEPs need to promote effective community engagement and civic learning on their campuses
- Facilitate the emergence of a national learning community for CEPs
- Encourage the development of vibrant professional development opportunities in the field
- Support CEPs by guiding approaches to navigating the complexity of their institutional environments
The changing landscape in higher education demands professional standards and quality professional development for CEPs.
- There is national recognition of the need for greater civic engagement on and off-campus
- Civic engagement is institutionalized on campuses across the country
- Colleges & universities are documenting an rapid increase in the number of curricular and co-curricular engagement opportunities
How Will It Work?
CEPs will attend professional development opportunities and earn micro-credentials in order to earn candidacy towards full certification. A Certified Community Engagement Professional (CCEP) can confidently document their competency across a range of skills such as organizational management and effective communication with campus partners.
Programs that hire CCEPs can also be confident in the professional’s knowledge in a range of areas including the history of civic engagement on campus and campus operations.