5-Minute Book Review: 13 Take-Aways from “Service-Learning Essentials”

We know you’re busy. In addition to our new 28-second idea blogs, this year we’re also going to provide 5-minute reviews of books, articles, resources, webinars, conferences, or anything else we think could help you do your job, but you might not have time to read or participate in yourself. The average person can read 200 words a minute, so we’ll keep these under 1,000 words. In early 2014, at a Campus Compact network meeting, I heard Dr. Barbara Jacoby speak briefly about her new book “Service-Learning Essentials: Questions, Answers, and Lessons Learned.” She said that she frequently gets asked…

Global service-learning done right

 You may have noticed global volunteering, service-learning and other efforts being criticized in online forums recently. Indeed, it’s possible to do more harm than good when volunteering in other countries. However, if done right, global service-learning has great potential for students and communities. This three-minute video from GlobalSL.org gives a great overview of what the research shows about global service.  Our takeaway? It’s not very different from local service-learning. Opportunities that are built on long-term partnerships and address community-identified and community-driven needs have the most potential for long-term success and are least likely to do harm. Programs should reconsider what…

Iowa Campus Compact expands student AmeriCorps opportunities

Iowa Campus Compact is excited to share news about its Iowa College AmeriCorps Program (ICAP). Beginning this October, we will be offering a new opportunity for Iowa college students to serve in the Des Moines and Iowa City community. We’re calling it Community ICAP. What is Community ICAP? Building off of Summer ICAP’s success, Community ICAP will expand IACC’s impact on nonprofit capacity and provide meaningful service opportunities to college students. IACC will work directly with community organizations to provide a unique opportunity for students to serve in AmeriCorps. Students will need to serve a minimum of 300 hours (about 10 hours per…

Thirtieth Anniversary Action Statement

July 28, 2015

Every summer, Campus Compact convenes a National Network Leadership Meeting, bringing together our Board of Directors, the chairs of our state and regional Compact boards, our state and regional executive directors, and our national staff. We take stock of our network and of the national movement for the public purposes of higher education, and we work to identify the steps we can take to increase the scope and impact of our movement. This summer, we met in Minneapolis, where we were hosted by Augsburg College and its president, Paul Pribbenow, a member of our board and one of the most…

Presidents of Loras College and the University of Northern Iowa Elected to Iowa Campus Compact Board

Iowa Campus Compact announced today that President Jim Collins of Loras College and President Bill Ruud of the University of Northern Iowa have joined its board of directors for three-year terms. These presidents join a board that includes five other college and university presidents from across the state. Loras College has been a long-time member of Iowa Campus Compact and was recently selected as the national winner of the President’s Higher Education Honor Roll for Interfaith Service. The University of Northern Iowa joined the Compact in 2011, and has been recognized on the President Higher Education Honor Roll as a Finalist…

Iowa Campus Compact selects 2015-2016 Faculty Fellows

Iowa Campus Compact has selected four faculty members from across the state to serve as the 2015-2016 Engaged Scholar Faculty Fellows. The fellows will join in a learning community to improve their engaged scholarship knowledge and skills and will create a new or improved course or scholarship project. This year’s Fellows: Andrea Bixler, Associate Professor of Biology, Clarke University Emily Bowman, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Coe College Laura Delaney, Assistant Professor and Physician Assistant, Des Moines University Jill Smith, Lecturer in Management and Organizations, Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa This is the third cohort of Faculty Fellows selected…

Meet Katie: New IACC VISTA Leader Answers Our Questions

Iowa Campus Compact’s VISTA Leader for 2015-2016 is Katie Zellmer. Katie worked for the past year as an IACC VISTA member in the Central College Center for Community-Based Learning. Katie is a 2014 graduate of Central and began work in our office two weeks ago. Please join us in welcoming Katie and saying farewell to last year’s Leader Kyle Anderson, who is off to work for the University of Georgia. To help get to know her, we asked Katie a few probing questions (based loosely on Inside the Actor’s Studio).   What is your favorite word?  Bolgna, because you can…

Central College senior completes a life changing project

Central College graduating senior Emily Grant was honored on Friday, May 29th in Des Moines as this year’s Iowa College AmeriCorps Program (ICAP) Member of the Year winner by Iowa Campus Compact. This new award honors students for their efforts to build capacity in an organization in their community. Emily Grant is studying Cultural Anthropology and International East Asian Studies. She has served two terms in the Iowa College AmeriCorps Program, both at the Tai Studies Center (TSC). Through AmeriCorps, she has helped to advance the work of the Tai Dam people to be officially recognized as an organization by the United…

Humble but mighty, Buena Vista University Senior focuses on lasting leadership

Zach Ahrens, a graduating senior Human Performance major at Buena Vista University (BVU), is the recipient of this year’s Iowa Campus Compact Student Leadership Award. Since his first-year of college, Zach has pushed himself to step outside of his comfort zone to engage deeply in community work. “I took risks by applying for positions that I was not entirely comfortable with at first,” says Zach of his path to becoming a community engagement leader. “Those challenges helped mold me into who I am today, and I am grateful for the mentors who have empowered me.” One of those mentors, Dr….

Civic engagement isn’t just about being informed

An idea from Iowa Campus Compact in 28 seconds. This blog is a part of our “An Idea from Iowa Campus Compact Series” which highlights articles, research, best practices, or other resources in civic engagement. A figure from Marcia’s article which highlights the percentage of cities that provided civic engagement opportunities in 2006 and 2009. Marcia Godwin of the University of La Verne posted a bunch of research on the rates of civic engagement in US cities during the recent recession on the London School of Economics and Political Science blog. Her point? Cities increased their use of civic engagement tools in order…

Faculty member engages community to make teaching fun

Katelin Gannon describes her choice to include service in her classroom as a “no-brainer.” For Iowa Campus Compact, it was also a “no-brainer” to select her for the 2015 Engaged Campus Scholarship Award.Gannon has worked as a lecturer of Exercise Science and an assistant soccer coach at Central College since 2010. She holds a Master’s degree in exercise physiology. She has included service-learning in her courses all five years of teaching and engaged in service-learning scholarship since 2012. Central College’s Katelin Gannon received the 2015 Engaged Campus Scholarship Award for demonstrating her leadership and innovation in engaged scholarship. “Ms. Gannon creates an…

“Dr. Joe” Moravec walks the talk of Mercy College of Health Sciences’ mission

Since 2004, Dr. Joseph Moravec has served as Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Mercy College of Health Science (MCHS) in Des Moines. “Dr. Joe” as he’s known by many, has gone above and beyond his job description to ensure that the college is meeting its mission through the integration of civic engagement, service-learning, and servant leadership into the experiences of his students and colleagues. “Dr. Moravec has contributed to a collegial and caring environment in fostering positive and unique mission and community-focused student learning at Mercy College,” said Mercy College President and Iowa Campus Compact Board Chair Barbara Decker. “From…

Iowa State University’s Susan Erickson makes magic happen

This blog is one in a series over the next few weeks featuring our 2015 Engaged Campus Award winners. M. Susan Erickson gets to make magic happen. In her role as coordinator of the PLaCE (Partnering Landscape and Community Enhancement) Program at Iowa State University she brings together communities who need development and design services and students who need to learn to provide those services. She also often gets to involve one of ISU’s extension offices in this work in what she calls a “trifecta.” The PLaCE Program was founded in 2001 and Susan has been the coordinator from the…

Platform Partnerships

President, Campus Compact|
May 7, 2015

Those of us whose work focuses on connecting higher education with the needs and opportunities in communities spend a lot of time thinking about partnerships. We don’t get anything done except through partnerships. If faculty and staff ever thought colleges and universities could act unilaterally for community benefit, that view is, fortunately, mostly extinct. There is a consensus that universities need to work with partners who possess community knowledge, relationships, and the credibility that comes with both. A lot has been written about university:community partnerships. The bulk of published work on partnerships focuses on what might be thought of as…

An Observation About the Mission of Higher Education

President, Campus Compact|
April 29, 2015

You will often hear people speak about the tripartite mission of colleges and universities: teaching, research, and service. I think that way of describing the mission of higher education institutions reflects a basic misconception. Colleges and universities exist to serve the public. That is why all public and non-profit private universities are publicly subsidized—either directly or through tax exemption. Colleges and universities do not, in other words, have three missions. They have one: service to the public. They achieve that mission through teaching and research. That is why we should constantly ask how effectively the teaching and research of our…

The Priority of Democracy for Campus Compact

President, Campus Compact|
April 27, 2015

Campus Compact is a network of extraordinary internal diversity. We comprise 34 state and regional Compacts and 1100 member institutions across the United States and beyond. Our members are public and private, two-year and four-year, graduate and undergraduate. One result of that diversity is that it can be difficult to understand what Campus Compact is. When you look at us in action, you see us doing a lot of different things. There is a natural tendency to reduce us to those activities. So some people might think Campus Compact is a service learning organization. Others might think we are a…

On Wisconsin

President, Campus Compact|
April 21, 2015

One of the many pleasures of my job is traveling around the country seeing the inspiring work of our state and regional Campus Compacts and the faculty, staff, and students of our member colleges and universities. Last week, I was in Madison for the annual Wisconsin Campus Compact Civic Engagement Institute. It was a daylong gathering featuring an intriguing keynote address by Ed Morrison, founder of Strategic Doing, located at Purdue University’s Center for Regional Development. I had the opportunity to sit down with chancellors and presidents, participate in the introduction of WiCC’s talented new executive director, and cheer along…

Campus Compact’s Thirtieth Anniversary

President, Campus Compact|
April 21, 2015

“In the face of growing complexity and danger in the problems facing American society, there are clear signs that self-interest is undermining public interest. There is todaya dangerous mismatch between the country’s urgent need for civic mindedness and the parochial attitudes of its citizens. The intense demand for economic, social, and political renewal requires a far greater sense of public purpose.” Those are the opening lines of the background information provided to attendees at the first meeting of the Coalition of College Presidents for Civic Responsibility, held at Georgetown University in January of 1986. By the end of that year,…

The Skills to Make Local Change

President, Campus Compact|
February 24, 2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported last week about Dartmouth’s effort to fight back against its culture of binge drinking and sexual assault. The pessimism among students about the likelihood of success reminded me of conversations I had with students when I was working at Princeton. I was co-teaching a seminar on social entrepreneurship, in which the students were developing proposals to do things like end global poverty. They were all quite confident that they could lead systemic change to produce major impact.  Inspired in part by the work of Bringing Theory to Practice, I opened a conversation one day with…

Fostering Student Success Across the Education Continuum

President, Campus Compact|
February 17, 2015

A new report from the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania paints a clear picture of how deeply economic inequality is integrated into higher education in the United States. The report shows that 18-24 year olds from the top income quintile are nearly twice as likely to enroll in post-secondary education as their counterparts from the bottom quintile. Young people from the top quintile are more than eight times as likely as young people from the bottom quintile to earn a bachelor’s degree by age 24. In 1970, those in the top quintile…

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