On March 20, 2016, Presidents and Chancellors gathered in Boston, Massachusetts to celebrate the signing of the Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Action Statement which puts forward the following commitments of higher education:
We empower our students, faculty, staff, and community partners to co-create mutually respectful partnerships in pursuit of a just, equitable, and sustainable future for communities beyond the campus—nearby and around the world.
We prepare our students for lives of engaged citizenship, with the motivation and capacity to deliberate, act, and lead in pursuit of the public good.
We embrace our responsibilities as place based institutions, contributing to the health and strength of our communities—economically, socially, environmentally, educationally, and politically.
We harness the capacity of our institutions—through research, teaching, partnerships, and institutional practice—to challenge the prevailing social and economic inequalities that threaten our democratic future.
We foster an environment that consistently affirms the centrality of the public purposes of higher education by setting high expectations for members of the campus community to contribute to their achievement.
Presidents and chancellors who signed the Action Statement committed to hold each other accountable for the above commitments and to undertake a campus-wide civic action planning within one year of signing the statement.
Campus Compact has made available guidance for campuses engaged in designing campus action plans. The framework available on the Campus Compact website provides a shared foundation for Compact members to approach Civic Action Plan (CAP) development while encouraging creativity, flexibility, and boldness. The guide for “Creating a Great Civic Action Plan” is a useful starting point and is now available for download.