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 as the Talloires…

Program helps TCC students persevere

January 10, 2014

When Linda Bell enrolled in Tallahassee Community College, like 70 percent of her peers across the country she was placed in several developmental courses designed to give her the necessary foundation for college-level coursework. These required courses in math and English brought her up to speed and gave her a better chance to complete future college-credit classes and her degree.  Read more here.

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.

More Than Good Neighbors

Increased civic and economic outreach can strengthen an anchor institution’s already stabilizing community influence. Wagner College successfully evacuated the majority of its students in advance of Hurricane Sandy last October. President Richard Guarasci and his wife, along with about 80 students who stayed behind on the Staten Island campus, took refuge in the college’s gymnasium to weather the storm. The college lost power for four days, but in no more than five hours after power was restored, students launched a Facebook account to organize efforts to unload trucks, clear debris, and deliver meals to families. “As an educator, you want…

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…

Fairmont State & WVU Students Connect with ‘Buy Local, Shop Shinnston’ Campaign

Some college students are working with one local city to promote shopping locally. The West Virginia Campus Compact Program connects colleges and cities. College professors submit classes where they want students to have real world experience and cities submit things they want help with. The projects can range from art to marketing and technology. Read more »

Minnesota Campus Compact recognizes U of M, Crookston

At their annual awards ceremony at Macalester College, Minnesota Campus Compact recogized the University of Minnesota, Crookston in a variety of ways. University of Minnesota, Crookston Chancellor Charles H. Casey attended the awards ceremony along with Rachel Lundbohm, instructor in the Business Department and Alexandra Buscher, a senior from Merrifield, Minn., majoring in business management. Also joining them was Dave Bennett, who represented the Rydell National Wildlife Refuge and Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge at the ceremony.  Read more »

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 »

NobleHour Sponsors the Inaugural Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit

NobleHour today announced plans to sponsor the Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota on June 6, 2012. The summit, which is hosted by the Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin Campus Compacts, helps campuses network, create strong community partnerships, and learn how to integrate civic and community-based learning into their curricula. The summit will comprise of several presentations exploring different models of community engagement, sustainable service-learning strategies, and other civic-engagement focused topics. Speakers include representatives from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Buena Vista University, the University of Northern Iowa, Macalester College, and other institutions.  Read more »

Intern Works For Tropical Storm Irene Recovery

Throughout the summer, 13 college students and recent graduates will be working on flood-related projects as interns for the Vermont Campus Compact’s Vermont Recovery Project. The students will work directly with flood victims, document changes on local rivers and improve flood response plans. Read more »

Outstanding Employees Named at Purdue North Central

Purdue University North Central recently recognized three outstanding employees for their outstanding accomplishments. This is the first time these awards will be given. Earlier this year, Administrative and Professional Staff Advisory Committee (APSAC) and the Clerical and Service Staff Advisory Committee (CSSAC) suggested that an outstanding employee in each of the three employee classifications – clerical, service and Administrative/Professional be honored. Nominations were collected from throughout the PNC campus and award recipients are selected by a four-member committee. 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 thissummer, 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 state….

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…

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