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Policy and Advocacy

Our public policy work originates from both our national office and our 35 state affiliates on behalf of our more than 1,100 member presidents and their campus communities. Campus Compact advocates and educates through direct contacts with elected officials and through involvement with state and national educational organizations.

Our goals are to:

  • Advocate for higher education’s role educating students for responsible citizenship in ways that both deepen their education and improve the quality of community life.
  • Educate and reach out to policy makers to share the work of Campus Compact and its impact at the state and national level.
  • Seek financial support for service-learning and civic engagement in higher education from leaders in government, business, and philanthropy.

Campus Compact Joins Supreme Court Brief Supporting University of Texas Admission Policy
On August 13, 2012, Campus Compact joined an Amicus Brief in the Supreme Court case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The case challenges the use of race as a consideration in student admission to institutions of higher education. The brief, which is in support of the University of Texas, represents our deep investment in racial diversity in higher education admission for its role in building public leadership and civic engagement. It argues that a diverse student body is key in higher education’s ability to fulfill its public purpose and to the development of leaders in a democracy who can effectively tackle tough public problems facing our society. Furthermore, racial diversity is essential for the success of campus-community partnerships and the role of higher education as anchor institutions in communities.The case is on appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which upheld a 2009 lower court ruling that UT did not infringe on the civil rights of two white students who were refused admission to the university. At issue is whether UT’s admissions process violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.Other Amicus Briefs supporting this brief include The National League of Cities, Imagining America, Anchor Institutions Task Force, Purdue University North-Central, Widener University and Tulane University. The case is scheduled to begin on October 10, with a decision expected in the spring of 2013.

Read the latest policy update: The College Cost Reduction & Access Act: Public Service Loan Forgiveness

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“National policy toward higher education can play a critical role. National policy is not a result of some vast impersonal forces beyond our control. It is the sum of conscious decisions by policymakers, by institutional leaders, and by students. It is a matter of will. Both in terms of the formation of national policy and the education of the individual, what is needed is the belief that one can make a difference.”

Frank Newman, president of the Education Commission of the States and Campus Compact co-founder, in Higher Education and the American Resurgence,
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1985

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Thanks for your continued outstanding leadership at Campus Compact. Your publications and programs are always top-notch. I sincerely appreciate all you have done for us in the trenches."

-William F. Moeller, Director, Center for Civic Education and Service, Florida State University