Member Institutions

Iowa Campus Compact is a coalition of college and university presidents committed to the civic mission of higher education. Learn more about our members below and contact Jane Turk for more information about joining.

President Jared Seliger

Allen College is committed to connecting faculty, staff and students to community needs through mutually beneficial partnerships that develop civic responsibility and sustain community commitment.

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President Brian Lenzmeier

At Buena Vista University, we believe students learn best and most by doing. With this goal in mind, the Community Engagement office serves as an excellent resource for students seeking experiential learning opportunities. The Office of Community Engagement serves as an excellent resource for students seeking experiential learning opportunities. Three full-time staff members and student advisory board, named Student MOVE, (Mobilizing, Outreach, Volunteer Efforts) assists individuals, groups, and faculty wanting to engage in service opportunities. Local, regional, national, and international volunteer opportunities help students realize the importance of civic responsibility and engagement.

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President Mark Putnam

Central College in Pella, Iowa, is a private, four-year liberal arts college. Central is known for its academic rigor, leadership and character formation, global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and sustainability education, athletics and service. The Central experience is rooted in exploration and self-discovery and enhanced by life in a residential community of 1,150 students. Founded in 1853, Central values its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the American Rivers Conference.

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Interim President David Hayes

Coe College is committed to serving as a resource for our community by working with organizations and agencies in order to create and sustain programs which benefit all members of the Cedar Rapids and Coe College communities. We strive to educate students on the value and importance of civic engagement through a range of opportunities including volunteering, service learning, and voter education. Coe also works to engage with our community partners in order to bring service learning projects into the classroom in order to provide a framework which allows students to address current challenges faced by a community partner.

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President Jonathan Brand

Cornell College offers an innovative and rigorous learning community where faculty and staff collaborate with students to develop the intellectual curiosity, creativity, and moral courage necessary for a lifetime of learning and engaged citizenship.

Core Values

  • A liberal education that celebrates discovery and embraces the integration and application of knowledge
    Intellectual, moral and personal growth
  • Civic and social responsibility
  • The dignity and worth of each individual in a diverse community

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President Earl “Marty” Martin

Drake’s commitment to community engagement and service-learning is representative of our long-standing history of involvement and partnership with the Des Moines community. The commitment fulfills our historic mission, enhances teaching, advising, research, scholarship, outreach, and the University community as a whole. As demonstrated by our inspiration statement, “Together we transform lives and strengthen communities”, we seek to be an “engaged university” that prepares the next generation of civic minded professionals. Community Engagement and Service-Learning at Drake has been nationally and locally recognized by the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification, the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, and the United Way of Central Iowa Volunteer Award.

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President Kent Henning

Grand View University engages, equips, and empowers students to fulfill their individual potential and serve society. Committed to the development of the whole person – mind, body and spirit – and to preparing students for successful careers and responsible citizenship both in their communities and in a diverse and changing world, Grand View offers a liberal arts education that:

  • Challenges students to inquire with a disciplined and critical mind, communicate effectively, and display an awareness of the global issues that affect us all.
  • Creates a community of learners where differing perspectives are welcome, where friendly interaction is the norm, and where intellectual and personal integrity is expected and modeled.
  • Offers a supportive environment where students can engage in community with others, discern life purpose, and grow in leadership.
  • Affirms Christian faith and ethics as a vision for life, a vision that enhances our respect for the diversity and dignity of all people, for relating to others, and for the pursuit of lifelong learning.

Informed by its Danish Lutheran heritage, Grand View is a School for Life.

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President Anne Harris

When Grinnell College framed its charter in the Iowa Territory of the United States in 1846, it set forth a mission to educate its students “for the different professions and for the honorable discharge of the duties of life.” The College pursues that mission by providing an education in the liberal arts through free inquiry and the open exchange of ideas. As a teaching and learning community, the College holds that knowledge is a good to be pursued both for its own sake and for the intellectual, moral, and physical well-being of individuals and of society at large. The College exists to provide a lively academic community of students and teachers of high scholarly qualifications from diverse social and cultural circumstances. The College aims to graduate individuals who can think clearly, who can speak and write persuasively and even eloquently, who can evaluate critically both their own and others’ ideas, who can acquire new knowledge, and who are prepared in life and work to use their knowledge and their abilities to serve the common good.

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President Chris Plunkett

Iowa Wesleyan University is a transformational learning community whose passion is to educate, empower and inspire students to lead meaningful lives and careers.

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President Dan Kinney

Iowa Western Community College is a learning community committed to excellence in meeting educational needs and improving the quality of life through programs, partnerships, and community involvement.

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President Lori Sundberg

Kirkwood Community College identifies community needs; provides accessible, quality education and training; and promotes opportunities for lifelong learning.

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President Jim Collins

Loras College strives to deepen a spirit of social commitment and civic engagement among students, by providing high impact, experiential learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. Academic and co-curricular programs support students in their quest to become active learners, reflective thinkers, ethical decision makers and responsible contributors. Community-based learning in courses, internships, study abroad experiences and other high impact practices challenge students to come to know more about themselves, their gifts and how they will make meaning and contribute to the world in responsible ways.

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President Doug Fiore

Mercy College of Health Sciences prepares graduates for service and leadership in the healthcare community by integrating its core values with a professional and liberal arts and science education.

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President John Reynders

Morningside University’s commitment to civic engagement is woven throughout the entire Morningside experience. As stated in our mission statement, this experience “cultivates a passion for life-long learning and a dedication to ethical leadership and civic responsibility.” Morningside achieves this mission through curricular programs, such as our civic responsibility and experiential learning graduation requirements, as well as our co-curricular activities, which are driven by more than two hundred student organizations on campus. With the understanding that engagement occurs within the classroom and beyond, Morningside students are part of a participatory community that emphasizes civic engagement locally, regionally, and globally.

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Interim President Tim Laurent

Mount Mercy University, founded by the Sisters of Mercy and rooted in the heritage of our Catholic faith, strives to provide a transformational experience for students through academic excellence and compassionate service.

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President Marsha Kelliher

Through innovative learning opportunities, individual student attention, and an unwavering commitment to inclusive educational access, Simpson College cultivates a diverse community of learners to lead lives of meaning and purpose.

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President Bruce Harreld

University of Iowa Strategic Plan, 2016-2021, “Our goal is to engage with Iowa and the world to broaden education, improve health, and enhance economic development.”

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President Mark Nook

The University of Northern Iowa is a Carnegie Classified Institution for Community Engagement. Building on the strengths of community engagement work at the university, UNI’s Civic Action Plan (CAP) enhances high-impact practices and outlines how community-engaged activities can “…help students achieve the essential learning outcomes that both educators and employers endorse” (Kuh, 2008) to become civic-minded professionals. UNI’s CAP provides purposeful pathways for students to connect their academic coursework and experiential learning opportunities to build their sense of civic engagement and responsibility while enhancing the skills required in the workforce. The CAP provides faculty and staff various frameworks that bring together the university and its community (local to global) to provide learning opportunities and meet community needs. Community partners are offered opportunities to develop a formal relationship with UNI and know how to access the university. The CAP provides direction for the community, the university, its faculty, staff, students, centers and institutes where the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. The Civic Action Plan serves as the implementation plan for Supporting Goal #3 – Community Engagement, in UNI’s Strategic Plan.

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President Darrel Colson

Wartburg College is dedicated to challenging and nurturing students for lives of leadership and service as a spirited expression of their faith and learning.

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