Illinois State University Civic Action Plan

October 19, 2017

Illinois State University seeks to infuse the five commitments made in the Campus Compact’s 30th Anniversary Action Statement into the curriculum, co-curriculum, research, and institutional practice. Our goal is to make Illinois State University a steward of place and an institution that educates students for social and global justice, democratic participation, and leadership.

This goal builds upon Illinois State University’s ongoing commitment to civic and political engagement, global citizenship, and community engagement as articulated in Educating Illinois, the University’s strategic plan, and leverages the long-lasting and successful partnership between the Division of Student Affairs and the Division of Academic Affairs in promoting civic engagement on the Illinois State University campus.

The five 30th Anniversary Action Statement commitments will be integrated into existing curricular and co-curricular programs to foster a campus culture that embraces the five commitments and recognizes and rewards excellence in translating them into practice, provides more resources to support faculty, staff, and students who work to implement these commitments, and enhance the University’s capacity to track community engagement activities.

Action Items

  • Establish formal agreements with community partners and increase the number and type of projects completed and community needs met
  • Increase number of civic engagement related skill building opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and community partners
  • Increase amount of funding for Civic Engagement Learning Grants
  • Increase number of community engaged courses offered
  • Increase assessment of civic engagement
  • Increase number of faculty attending professional development events focused on integrating community engagement into the curriculum
  • Increase community involvement by students and graduates of ISU
  • Increase number of students participating in courses that explore topic of inequality
  • Increase research of social inequality and democratic processes
  • Increase ISU’s presence in community collaborative problem solving
  • Increase number of awards for involvement in civic engagement
  • Increase media coverage of civic engagement activities
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