The Community’s Colleges Campus Compact’s Indicators of Engagement at Community Colleges & Minority-Serving Institutions Agenda • Project Overview • Key Lessons Learned • Success Stories From Community Colleges • Success Stories from HBCU’s and HSI’s • Using Themes & Indicators to evaluate and deepen engagement • Next steps About Campus Compact • Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 900 college and university presidents--representing some 5 million students--who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. • Campus Compact promotes service initiatives that develop students’ citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships, and provides resources and practical guidance for faculty seeking to integrate civic engagement into their teaching and research. The Indicators of Engagement Project (IOEP) Overview • In June 2002, the Carnegie Corporation of New York provided funding for Campus Compact to document and disseminate best practices of civic and community engagement and to help campuses achieve broader institutionalization of civic and community engagement. • Campuses need a series of models that they can use to create civic and community engagement strategies appropriate to their particular type of institution and their specific needs. Major Project Activities • Surveying best practices of engagement at each type of institution • Conducting interviews and focus group meetings to learn more about civic and community engagement at each type of institution • Visiting colleges to identify, document and disseminate best practices of civic and community engagement that demonstrate successful strategies for that particular institution • Creating databases and publication highlighting successful engagement strategies for each type of institution The Indicators of Engagement: Building Blocks for the Engaged Campus • Mission and purpose • Community voice • Administrative and • Support structures and academic leadership resources • External resource • Faculty development allocations • Coordination of • Disciplines, departments community-based and interdisciplinary work activities • Faculty roles and rewards • Teaching and Learning • Internal budget and • Forums for fostering resource allocation public dialogue • Student Voice Five Cluster Themes • Institutional Culture • Curriculum and Pedagogy • Faculty Culture • Mechanisms and Resources • Community-Campus Exchange Key Lessons Learned • Assets Trump Deficits • Using the indicators to conduct an institutional audit of civic engagement, campuses discovered both assets and deficits. Successful campuses moved on their assets • Successful colleges recognized 2-3 strong assets, stimulated intellectual capital and individual passion around those assets, connected strategically with key campus leaders, community partners, and funders, and moved intentionally from innovation to institutionalization. Community Colleges: Successes and Lessons • The community college can itself be viewed as a community-based organization: it is of, not simply in a particular place • One especially important way in which the college assists the community is by acting as an “honest broker” and an “active listener.” As a result relationships are truly reciprocal HBCU’s: Successes & Lessons Learned • Students at HBCU’s are typically introduced to the heritage and mission of service early on in their academic careers • HBCU’s play an important role in preparing the next generation of community leaders. Many nonprofit and government leaders who partner with HBCU’s are alumni of the college with which they partner. HBCU’s: Successes and Lessons • Presidential Leadership is crucial to creating a culture of service and engagement at HBCU’s • A tradition of viewing service as “giving back’ has led many HBCU’s to institute a community service graduation requirement. Such a requirement highlights service- learning and facilitates the coordination of community-based activities on campus HBCU’s Successes &Lessons • The presence of dynamic and effective service-learning coordinators plays a critical role in sustaining community-based work at HBCU’s • The emphasis on giving back helps many students embrace work with younger students as a basic personal responsibilty HSI’s: Successes and Lessons • HSI’s gain the trust of the community by focusing on family development, reaching out to community members of all ages, and providing service for family units as a whole • Institutional support of community festivals and other key cultural events serves to strengthen relationships with community partners • Creative use of limited resources and successful grant writing are critical to sustaining community outreach and engagement Next Steps for the IOEP • Using the Indicators to document engagement for accreditation • Connecting Civic Engagement & Workforce Development • Civic Engagement & New Americans • Civic Engagement and Diversity initiatives Using the themes to deepen engagement • Do the success stories discussed earlier provide any models to deepen engagement at your institution? • How can current strengths deepen engagement on related indicators? • How can the indicators help document your successes to leverage additional resources and allies?
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