A Gallup 2014 report titled Make a Difference: Show You Care indicated that the availability for sustained community engagement opportunities, working with faculty, is experienced by students as a significant form of “caring” and is a key predictor of retention. Importantly, President Gores was aware of this report and referenced it in her opening remarks for the beginning of the 2015 school year.  Other indications of clear support from the highest level of campus administration include renewal of campus membership in professional organizations dedicated to furthering the public purposes of higher education (e.g., Minnesota Campus Compact, AASCU American Democracy Project), assumption of leadership roles in these organizations, and the initiation of the Civic Engagement Work Group charged with developing a formal Civic Action Plan, just a few examples of administrative support among many. Moreover, the articulation of a tri-part directional model for the campus that includes “meaningful partnerships and engagement” as a primary direction, and a view of learning as encompassing the full integration of academic excellence, civic and community engagement, diversity and global awareness, and environmental sustainability/stewardship unambiguously communicates a deep level of university commitment to strengthening our campus capacity to fulfill its civic engagement goals and objectives.