The findings of national Campus Compact’s 2014 Annual Member Survey, “Three Decades of Institutionalizing Change,” are now available!
In 1986, Campus Compact conducted its first membership survey with 67 respondents from Campus Compact’s 102 member institutions at the time. This year’s survey reflects the growth in breadth and diversity of institutions prioritizing engaged activities over the past three decades. Campus Compact now has 1,100 member colleges and universities, of which 434 completed the 2014 survey.
Campus Compact members should be proud of their role in educating students for responsible citizenship, strengthening communities, and fulfilling the public purposes of higher education. This year’s results tell a story of continued growth in support structures for campus engagement, leading to notable levels of engagement of students, faculty, and community partners. The data tells the following story:
- Integration of community engagement into the curriculum is widespread, with 91% of the 434 responding institutions offering service-learning courses; 64% of institutions require academic service-learning as part of the core curriculum.
- Presidents and chancellors at member institutions continue to lead and support community engagement. Nearly 90% of member presidents publicly promote community engagement, with 80% participating in community engagement. More than 70% of presidents and chancellors financially support the work.
- Institutions report that they currently include community partners in engagement work and institutional life through a variety of mechanisms. The leading strategies include: formal opportunities to discuss concerns with administrators (68%), service on unit-specific (65%) or institution-wide community advisory boards (43%), and service on the Board of Trustees (63%).
This year we are also pleased to offer affinity reports for specific institution types and sizes. You can find the selection of them here.
As Campus Compact heads into our fourth decade, we are keenly aware of the changes not only in the community engagement landscape but also in the world of research on community engagement. We are in the process of reconceptualizing the survey to support research on all aspects of higher education community engagement for the upcoming academic year.
We hope that you find this year’s member survey a valuable resource and encourage you to share it with your colleagues. We appreciate your continued commitment to advancing the civic engagement of higher education and to Campus Compact.