2018 Engaged Campus Awards Process Announced

Iowa Campus Compact (IACC) today announced plans for the 2018 Engaged Campus Awards. This will be the sixth year of this awards event, which recognizes students, staff, faculty, alumni and community organizations for their work in community engagement.

Since the launch of the awards in 2013 they have grown considerably with more than 130 total nominations and 26 awards. This year, to continue to build on this success, IACC staff conducted an extensive review process that included interviews with staff and faculty from across member institutions.

As a result of that review, we learned several important things that will help us improve the impact of the Engaged Campus Awards:

These awards are highly valued by our members. No other organization is recognizing community engagement across the state and these awards play a valuable role in elevating the civic mission on campus and off. We will continue to support this through the ceremony and publicity about the awards with pictures, video, media outreach and social media campaigns.

Campuses need more time to cultivate strong nominations. Finding strong projects and putting together materials is no easy task. That’s why we are opening the nomination process six months before the due date next March. IACC staff is available to consult with any campus looking for ideas on the types of nominations most likely to be successful.

Transparency is key to the ongoing integrity of the process. Members have a high level of belief in the integrity of awards selection process, but to bolster that further, we are implementing a new and more transparent review process that involves more people with expertise and a variety of perspectives. A full explanation of the process is available on the web site.

Award nominations are now being accepted and are due March 30, 2018. The awards event will be held May 9 at Coe College in Cedar Rapids.