Making the Case for Civic Engagement through Campus Compact
In this article Julie B. Elkins, Director of Academic Initiatives of Campus Compact, reflects upon the civic engagement’s concept and how it advances the public purposes of universities by deepening their ability to improve community life.
In today’s global society there are an infinite number of opportunities to create collaborative partnerships at the local, regional, state, national, and global level as well as a variety of inspirations for engagement. Campus Compact has been at the forefront of promoting community engagement for over 20 years with more than 1,100 college and university presidents—representing some 6 million students—who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. As the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, Campus Compact promotes public and community service that develops students’ citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships, and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum.
About the author
Dr. Julie B. Elkins is the Director of Academic Initiatives with National Campus Compact. She provides leadership and strategic focus for Campus Compact’s work to embed civic and community engagement within teaching and research activities at the more than 1,100 member colleges and universities representing over 6 million students. Dr. Elkins advises and collaborates with the network of 35 state Campus Compact offices on strategies to promote engaged campuses and the scholarship of engagement, including professional development opportunities for faculty and administrators. Dr. Elkins hold a BA in Social Work from Central Missouri State University, a MS in Student Personnel Service and Counseling from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Doctorate of Education from UMASS-Boston.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010