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Civic Engagement Initiatives

Embedding engagement throughout higher education institutions is at the heart of Campus Compact’s work. Under this broad category are research and other initiatives created to help campuses develop effective service, service-learning, and civic engagement programs.

  • College Student Philanthropy
    A compilation of cutting-edge tools, information, and resources on this important and growing movement.
  • Campus Election Engagement Project
    Campus Compact’s Election Engagement Project offers voter education and registration information, ideas with connecting service with voting activity, and voting links, among other information.
  • Carnegie Community Engagement Classification
    Drawing its criteria heavily from Campus Compact’s Indicators of Engagement Project, this Carnegie classification reaffirms institutional commitment to deepen the practice of service and to further strengthen bonds between campus and community
  • Consulting Corps
    Campus Compact’s newly expanded Consulting Corps includes individual leaders whose valuable knowledge and diverse perspectives can inform efforts to deepen civic and community engagement in higher education.
  • Engaged Scholars
    Our engaged scholars collaborate with Campus Compact’s national office and state affiliates to develop and share valuable resources for the field.
  • Federal Work Study
    Earn, Learn, and Serve: Getting the Most from Community Service Federal Work-Study
  • Indicators of Engagement
    This multiyear research project, designed to help campuses deepen their civic and community engagement work, has identified models and successful practices among two-year colleges, minority-serving institutions, and comprehensive universities.
  • Presidents’ Declaration on the Civic Responsibility of Higher Education
    The Presidents’ Declaration has been signed by hundreds Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors.
  • Program Models
    Our searchable database of hundreds of program models from campuses across the spectrum of higher education, indexed by type of program.
  • Research Universities
    A toolkit with vital resources on the scholarship of engagement, two landmark reports, and other information from a network of research universities committed to engaged scholarship, coordinated by Campus Compact. (UPDATED 2010)
  • The Future of Campus Engagement
    Provocative essays from Campus Compact member presidents, faculty, chief academic officers, community service staff, and students, as well as community partners and funders, proposing priorities and next steps for community engagement across the nation.

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I have always had a drive to serve others and work for the common good. But I never fully realized that I could go beyond volunteerism--that my opinion and hard work could influence policy decisions. My views changed when I sat in the office of one of my legislators in Washington, DC."

-Amanda Coffin, University of Maine at Farmington, Campus Compact student leader