Building Capacity

At the core of Iowa Campus Compact’s mission is deepening our member campuses’ capacity to educate students for active citizenship and strengthen their communities. We do this through many of our programs, events, and resources. We also work to strength and ability of community-based organizations to be able to effectively engage in these partnerships. You can learn more about those efforts by reading about our Iowa College AmeriCorps Program and VISTA Community Corps.

Institutional Capacity Self-Assessment

In the 2015 – 2020 strategic plan Iowa Campus Compact will refine and enhance its programming to deepen member capacity. This will be achieved by introducing a new system of self-assessment and goal setting with each member.

This self-assessment tool and process are  designed to assist member institutions in reflecting on their own capacity and goals. It is also designed to help members find resources, improve practices where appropriate, and increase chances of gaining national recognition.

The rubric is based largely on the questions asked in the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement and prior work by Indiana Campus Compact. The elective classification is the most rigorous recognition of higher education community engagement efforts in existence. By basing the rubric on this framework, we seek to promote quality practice and assist member campuses in receiving this important distinction.

Capacity Self-Assessment Review Process

Member campuses are invited to complete the rubric in a cohort model with Campus Compact staff support. Campuses will be selected each summer to complete the self-assessment over the course of the next academic year. Each campus will name a team lead (or co-leads) and these leads will participate in a planning and support cohort with other leads going through the process on each campus. Each phase will also include one-on-one consultation time with a Campus Compact staff member as needed.

  • Phase 1 (Summer): Team Identification and Planning
  • Phase 2 (Early Fall): Team Preparation and Individual Rubric Completion
  • Phase 3 (Late Fall): Rubric Completion and Team Consensus-Building
  • Phase 4 (Early Spring): Goal-Setting and Action Planning
  • Phase 5 (Late Spring: Celebration and Dissemination)

Download the rubric and process outline.

We are currently seeking 2019-2020 cohort members. Contact Emily Shields for more information.