Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents – giving vision and direction to some six million students nationwide. As presidents of colleges and universities, both private and public, large and small, two-year and four-year, we challenge higher education to re-examine its public purposes and its commitments to the democratic ideal. We also challenge higher education to become engaged, through actions and teaching, with its communities. We have a fundamental task to renew our role as agents of our democracy…Download the full President’s Declaration.
“In a first-of-its-kind Presidential Leadership Summit convened by Campus Compact, nearly 100 college Presidents and Campus Compact state directors gathered to focus on a single, compelling thesis: that college students who participate in civic engagement and service-learning, earn higher grade point averages and have a better chance of staying in college and earning degrees.” – Campus Compact
A theoretical review of the literature was published in the Campus Compact white paper, “A Promising Connection: Increasing College Access and Success through Civic Engagement”.
2012 Presidents Summit, “Developing Vital, Vibrant & Healthy Communities Through Democratic Partnerships and Civic Engagement”
Campus Compact’s Presidents Leadership Summit 2012 convened college and university presidents and chancellors for a lively examination of the intersection between campus civic engagement and economic development efforts. A white paper, Engaged Learning Economies: Aligning Civic Engagement and Economic Development in Community-Campus Partnerships, provided the framework for the discussion. Participants examined case studies and promising practices throughout the day.
Connecticut Campus Compact, along with a group of presidents, is planning its inaugural summit entitled, “Connecting for Good: How Colleges and Universities can Work Together to Improve Connecticut’s Civic and Economic Health”.
During the summit, we will explore:
- The multiple points of long term impact possible when institutional engagement and education for civic health are brought to bear on the state’s civic and economic health
- The possibilities for mutually beneficial collaborations across this small yet stratified state
- Read A Promising Connection: Increasing College Access and Success through Civic Engagement, Campus Compact’s recently-published new white paper about the potential for community/campus civic engagement to enhance student access to and success in college
- Sign the Presidents’ Declaration on the Civic Responsibility of Higher Education.
- Learn more about the latest policy issues affecting campus engagement.
- Find models of presidential leadership.
- Use our service statistics to advocate for the public good of higher education.
- Scan quotes on engagement to use in your own speaking or writing.
- Gain insight into the Federal Work-Study community service requirement.
We have also put together a comprehensive list of resources for presidents, that contains not only Campus Compact resources, but also resources from other organizations.