2015 Annual Survey
Campus Compact conducted an online member survey for twelve weeks beginning in October 2015 to capture student and faculty involvement in communities; assess institutional support and culture; and gather information on community campus partnerships, tracking mechanisms, and more. Community engagement professionals at member colleges and universities were asked to coordinate a single institutional response with the most complete and accurate data possible. The survey is the most comprehensive and widely distributed review of service, service learning, and community engagement in higher education and provides the clearest reflection on the changes in institutional commitment to community based teaching, learning, and research over time.
Of 1079 member institutions in 2015, 400 responded to the survey, with a national response rate of 37%.
The 2015 Campus Compact member survey provides evidence of both the substantial community engagement infrastructure that exists across our network of institutions and an emergent commitment to the systemic alignment of these efforts. The data gathered this year demonstrate depth and diversity in student civic learning opportunities and attention to assessing the impact of engaged teaching, scholarship, and activities—both on student development and on community health.
Campus Compact’s 30th Anniversary Action Statement provides a useful frame within which to interpret the data from this year’s survey. In signing the statement, member presidents and chancellors are committing to accelerate the pace of change in the years ahead by taking action to make the institutional systems, policy, and cultural changes necessary to fulfill the public purposes of higher education in an environment of increasing polarization and inequality. Survey results reinforce that institutions are poised for this challenge and are already running toward it, a state of the field that becomes evident when the data are aligned with the five commitments that form the heart of the Action Statement.
2015 Survey Executive Summary