In March of 2016, Campus Compact initiated a Campus Civic Action initiative to renew higher education’s commitment to to preparing students for democratic citizenship, building partnerships for change, and reinvigorating higher education for the public good. As part of this initiative, nearly 450 presidents and chancellors across the country have signed the Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Action Statement, making a public commitment both to its principles and to developing a plan to put those principles into action (learn more about signing the statement). Both the national and regional Campus Compact organizations have made available guidance for member campuses engaged in designing campus action plans. In addition to training events, this guidance includes resources to provide a shared foundation for approaching civic action planning while encouraging creativity, flexibility, and boldness. In Rhode Island, this included co-sponsoring Civic Action Planning Institute in October 2016 with Connecticut and Massachusetts Campus Compacts.
Resources for Civic Action Planning
- Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Action Statement
- Civic Action Planning Overview
- Creating a Great Campus Civic Action Plan – PDF
- Civic Action Plan Template – PDF
- Presentation – Civic Action Planning – PDF
- Presentation – Assessing Community Impact – PDF
- Presentation – Realizing Place-based Strategies – PDF
- Presentation – Partnerships That Challenge Inequality – PDF
- Presentation – 10/6 Southern New England Planning Institute – PDF
- Civic Action Knowledge Hubs – Resources on specific aspects of engagement work
It’s not too late to sign the Civic Action Statement. Presidents and chancellors can sign here.