From May 2016 to December 2017, Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) participated in the process of creating a Civic Action Plan (CAP) using the framework, training and support provided by Campus Compact. In addition to convening a cross-institutional team to engage in a planning process that would result in goals to incorporate in our ongoing strategic planning efforts, MATC also received a grant from Campus Compact to create a series of on-campus dialogues to engage students in discussion of community issues. The CAP timeline, goals and relationship to our institutional strategic plan are summarized in the attached slides. Also included are slides about MATC’s Community Connection platform and the results of our Community Conversations dialogue series, both of which were offered in partnership with United Way.
MATC Civic Action Plan Timeline
May 2016 Dr. Martin affirmed Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Action Statement via signature
August 2016 MATC Civic Action Planning Team participated in 2-day planning workshop
Fall 2016 Cross-institutional team led by CESL met monthly
Spring 2017 Cross-institutional team formulated elements of Civic Action Plan
May 2017 Center for Engaged and Service Learning aligned Civic Action Plan with VISION 2020
July 2017 Civic Action Plan leadership team participated in 2-day implementation workshop
August 2017 CESL embedded key Civic Action Plan goal in VISION 2020 Goal 1 Student Success
December 2017 CESL secured Civic Action Plan endorsement from Dr. Martin’s Cabinet
January 2018 Civic Action Plan goal referred for charter via Student Success Core Committee
MATC Civic Action Plan (CAP) Goals
CAP Goal 1: Increase reciprocal community partnerships and positive community engagement. CAP
Goal 2: Extend institutional resources to strengthen the communities MATC students and employees call home. CAP
Goal 3: Promote awareness of community input and collective impact of MATC. CAP
Goal 4: Expand the diverse array of civic and community engagement opportunities for students, employees and community members. CAP
Goal 5: Cultivate, value and celebrate community engagement, community partnership and collective impact.
Goal 5 has been referred to a college Core Committee for action alongside emerging Student Success projects related to the VISION 2020 Strategic Plan.
The Center for Engaged and Service Learning will continue to offer the Community Connection service platform and Community Conversations student dialogue events throughout 2018.