A Statement from the Iowa Campus Compact Board of Directors

November 14, 2016

Last spring, all 21 of the college and university presidents of Iowa Campus Compact signed on to a Civic Action Statement. This statement asserts the core principles and actions of the civic mission of higher education. The civic mission urges our institutions to contribute to a robust and healthy American democracy. In short, we seek to educate the next generation of citizens to achieve public goals and solve public problems, and, in doing so, contribute to the strength of communities. This includes building mutually respectful partnerships, encouraging dialogue across difference, and challenging social and economic inequalities.  We believe that the polarization of political discourse–including actions or statements that make our society less inclusive and equitable–represents a decline in the culture and practice of democracy.

Today, this shared commitment is more important than ever and we must continue to work together to support it. As the action statement says, “These are commitments we make to each other with a recognition that our goals for a thriving and sustainable democracy cannot be achieved if we act alone—and that they cannot be denied if we act together.” We share this message as a reminder of the goals we share and the importance of our commitment to them and to each other.

David McInally, Board Chair, President, Coe College
Mark Putnam, President, Central College
Dan Kinney, President, Iowa Western Community College
Jim Collins, President, Loras College
John Reynders, President, Morningside College
Jim Wohlpart, Interim President, University of Northern Iowa
Barbara Decker, President, Mercy College of Health Sciences
Ashley Farmer-Hanson, Assistant Dean for Student Life & Director of Civic Engagement, Buena Vista University
Jerry Parker, Interim Dean of Students, Drake University

Iowa Campus Compact strengthens the capacity of its 21 college and university members to meet the civic mission of higher education. The civic mission is about educating students for active citizenship through deep and reciprocal partnerships that impact community needs. We do this by creating partnership opportunities, supporting quality through professional development, and promoting the importance of the civic mission.