Campus Compact Welcomes Americorps VISTA Member to National Office

Photo Courtesy: Rania Ezzo Rania Ezzo, a recent graduate of Boston University with majors in psychology and philosophy, has joined Campus Compact’s national office in Boston, Massachusetts as part of Massachusetts Campus Compact’s Americorps VISTA program. MACC VISTA members work to build capacity for campus-community partnerships that improve educational outcomes for economically disadvantaged children and youth. Ezzo will support partnership development for Campus Compact’s 1,100 college and university members and their partner K-12 schools and youth-serving organizations. Ezzo will focus on supporting partnership development to achieve college readiness, student learning, and student success through three initiatives: Connect 2 Complete, College…

UAlbany president named to Campus Compact board

Campus Compact’s new board member, Dr. Robert Jones, President of the University at Albany, was featured in a story about his election to the Campus Compact Board of Directors. You can read the full article in the Albany Business Review here.

To Improve Retention, Community Colleges Teach Self-Esteem

Campus Compact’s Connect2Complete program has been featured in the article “To Improve Retention, Community Colleges Teach Self-Esteem” in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Connect2Complete (C2C) tries to tackle the problem that many students in community colleges face – that taking remedial education classes, otherwise known as developmental education classes, can be discouraging. The program uses service-learning to empower students. This approach is not generally found in community colleges, however C2C “flips it upside down and introduces community service and community engagement right from the start” says Krista Kiessling, service-learning director at Owens Community College, one of the participating colleges. “Putting…

University Engagement Networks Go Global

National and regional groups of universities that promote community engagement have been increasing around the world – some of them at breakneck speed. Yet while facing an uphill task to set up valuable collaborations with local community groups, university engagement organisations are also connecting globally to learn from one another. International links help them see how to overcome their own problems, say the leaders of national and regional groups. While focused on their own citizens and areas, the growth in regional and national groups means the global network of community-engaged universities is also growing, including the network of networks, known…

College Professors Must Do More to Address Rising Tuition Costs

In case you missed the breaking news, college tuition is expensive. Prohibitively, exorbitantly expensive. College presidents are on a tear: writing op-eds either justifying or decrying the value of a college degree. Politicians are endlessly stumping: floundering to address student loan rates or hyping alternatives to higher education. And students are left in a vice-like bind: mortgaging their future on a never-ending sea of payments or ceasing their studies altogether in favor of an infinitely more affordable path forward. But where oh where is the voice of the faculty? Read more here.

Democratic Devolution: How America’s Colleges and Universities Can Strengthen Their Communities

In the face of a deepening economic and political crisis, the U.S. political and governing system is deadlocked. We need a new way forward. The old and tired government versus markets debate is just that—old and tired. It’s time for a broader mobilization of America’s civic resources, including the nonprofit sector and especially our colleges and universities. We see government as a catalyst that stimulates new forms of interaction and partnerships between all sectors of society. Based on our experience at the University of Pennsylvania, we believe government should challenge all institutions of higher education (public and private; community colleges,…

New Edition of JCEHE

The Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education has just published its latest issue at: We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and items of interest. Thanks for the continuing interest in our work, Catherine Stemmans Paterson, PhD, AT Faculty Fellow, Community Engagement Associate Professor, Applied Medicine & Rehabilitation Editor, The Journal of Community Engagement in Higher Education Tirey Hall 132 A Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN 47809 (812) 237-3693 (812) 237-2525 fax cpaterson {at} indstate(.)edu Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education Vol 4, No 1 (2012)…

Inside Higher Ed: Combining Civic Engagement and Economic Development

Merging campus civic engagement and economic development can create “engaged learning economies,” which are a boon to both colleges and local communities, according to a new report from Campus Compact, a national coalition of 1,200 college and university presidents. The report describes 25 examples where this has worked, including efforts by Widener University to work with local groups to help improve the economy of low-income Chester, Pa., which is home to the university. Read More

Northern New England Campus Compact Awarded $150,000 EPA Grant

Grant Supports Environmental Education and Stewardship on College Campuses 09/18/2012 LEWISTON – Maine Campus Compact (MCC), in partnership with New Hampshire and Vermont Campus Compacts, will receive $150,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prepare college students for a lifetime of environmental stewardship. The grant will train college faculty to develop and deliver courses which partner with community organizations to address local climate change and water quality issues. Over 80% of students enrolled at eligible campuses are from Northern New England. In the past decade, they have seen the effects of climate change through the shrinking of the northern…

To serve and reflect

From the Times Higher Education (UK) 08/02/2012 In the US academy, engagement with the surrounding community and learning through service are 150-year-old ideals whose time has come again – but is the driving force altruism or self-interest? Undergraduates and postgraduates at the University of Iowa are working to find new sources of energy – geothermal, solar, wind – for every building in the surrounding city of Dubuque, where a power plant is scheduled to close. Students at the University of Wisconsin are generating electricity, and profits, from cow manure on dairy farms in Oshkosh, where revenues have plummeted due to…

IU Kokomo offers science workshop for teachers

Indiana University Kokomo will partner with area teachers to enhance science education, while also providing more opportunities for future teachers to build their skills. The School of Education received a $2,250 Scholarship of Engagement faculty grant from the Indiana Campus Compact to fund its science inquiry fellows project. The project includes a one-day workshop to prepare teachers in grades 5-12 to lead scientific inquiry projects.  Read more »

Jackson Community College student earns coveted community service award

Mention Jane Boyle’s name to her family, friends and teachers and one of the first things they’ll likely tell you is, “She’s a giver.” This kind of commitment to service has earned her one of this year’s 31 Outstanding Community Impact Awards from the Michigan Campus Compact, a coalition of college and university presidents. Read more »

Vermont College and University Students to Help Local Communities with Long-Term Recovery

As Vermont approaches the one year anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene, many individuals and organizations are still hard at work on clean-up and recovery from one of the worst natural disasters in the state’s history. A number of students from Vermont’s colleges and universities will join in this summer, continuing the clean-up effort, assessing environmental damage, and helping individuals and communities across the state to come to terms with their losses. Vermont Campus Compact’s Statewide Internships for Vermont Recovery Project will place thirteen undergraduate and graduate students from 6 different campuses with long-term recovery committees and community organizations around the…

Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, Eduardo Ochoa, To Keynote Annual Massachusetts Campus Compact of College and University Presidents

Eduardo Ochoa, assistant secretary for Postsecondary Education, will deliver the morning keynote address at the Annual Massachusetts Campus Compact of College and University Presidents in Waltham, Mass., on Tuesday, June 12.  Ochoa will discuss the importance of higher education civic engagement programs during a session titled “Civic Engagement and the PreK-Postsecondary Education Pipeline.”  His remarks will be followed by a Q&A session. The event is being hosted by the Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC), a nonprofit coalition of 70 college and university presidents committed to developing the civic skills of students, building partnerships with the community, and integrating civic engagement with…

Mariya Ilyas ’13, Amar Patel ’13 and Sustainable Bowdoin Receive Campus Compact Awards

Juniors Mariya Ilyas and Amar Patel, as well as Sustainable Bowdoin, have received awards from Maine Campus Compact, a consortium of 18 higher education institutions dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement and service learning in higher education. Read more »

Students ‘Pay It Forward’ with award to Inspiring Minds

Youngstown State University students have awarded $2,000 to Inspiring Minds of Warren as part of the Pay It Forward: Strengthening Communities through Student-Led Philanthropy Initiative. Under the program, students in the Nonprofit Community Service course in the YSU Williamson College of Business Administration gain hands-on experience in philanthropy by awarding money to a local nonprofit organization. Read more »

Humanities and Public Life

Recently, the University of Iowa Press announced a new book series: Humanities and Public Life. Within 58 minutes, we had our first inquiry. In the days after the announcement, we had enthusiastic inquiries from historians, philosophers, architects, museum curators and humanities councils. Our first formal proposal arrived in less than a week. My co-editor, Anne Valk; the acquisitions editor at the press, Catherine Cocks; and I find ourselves using phrases like “pent-up demand” to explain the outpouring of interest. We are all the more encouraged because neither the term “public” nor “humanities” offers much clarity these days. Not everyone connects…

Students Spend Vacation Volunteering

Savannah Marshall learned a lot over spring break: How to paint a room, how to find Lowell’s Belvidere neighborhood and where to get the best deal on fried chicken near campus.  But perhaps the most important thing she learned is that small acts can lead to big changes. “You don’t always have to make an enormous effort to change the world. Simple things can make a huge difference,” said Marshall, who spent her vacation week participating in the Alternative Spring Break Club’s Lowell Immersion project. Read more »

Robert G. Bringle wins Legacy of Service Award

At this year’s Service Engagement Summit Awards Reception and Ceremony on March 28, 2012, Indiana Campus Compact will honor IUPUI Center for Service and Learning Executive Director Dr. Robert G. Bringle with the Indiana Campus Compact Legacy of Service award for his contributions to the success of Indiana Campus Compact and the field of community and service engagement.  Dr. Bringle, IUPUI Chancellor’s Professor  Psychology and Philanthropic Studies, has been a part of the Indiana Campus Compact network since we opened our doors 19 years ago  He, and colleagues Dean William Plater and Eugene Tempel, were part of the 1993 team…

Students and Faculty, Campuses and Communities Working Together to Make a Difference in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS – Imagine mobilizing hundreds of students state-wide to serve communities in need.  Imagine faculty and staff members at universities and colleges throughout Indiana introducing their students to learning by serving.  Imagine organizations that have identified a need in their communities and are successfully partnering with colleges and universities in Indiana to meet those needs. That is exactly what the members and partners of Indiana Campus Compact have been doing for the past 19 years.   Each year, Indiana Campus Compact recognizes their work and its impact on the citizens of Indiana through its Service Engagement Awards.  These awards recognize…

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