Why Join the Maryland Campus Compact?
The national Campus Compact is a network of over 1100 college and university presidents formed in 1985 to advance the civic purposes of higher education by deepening its ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. Thirty-four states have formed State Campus Compact offices that provide leadership at the local, state, and regional levels to mobilize resources and provide support for member campuses.
Members of the Maryland Campus Compact Initiative Task Force (MDCCI) believe that creating a State Campus Compact in Maryland will enhance community engagement and education for civic and social responsibility at the higher educational level. Through service-learning, a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful service to the community with instruction and reflection, this collaboration will enrich the experience of Maryland students, model civic engagement, social responsibility and strengthen our local and global communities.
The purposes of the Maryland Campus Compact are to:
- Establish and sustain mutually beneficial campus-community partnerships throughout the state.
- Educate our students to be civically engaged citizens, scholars, and leaders in communities on our campuses, in our communities, and throughout the state, the nation, and the world.
- Work collaboratively across institutions to share resources, research, and best practices in higher education regarding campus-community engagement.
Benefits of Maryland Campus Compact:
Benefits to Member Institutions
- Resources and networks of support for faculty, staff, and curricular development
- Collaboration on grant applications and enhanced funding for service-learning and community engagement from state and national sources including access to AmeriCorps*VISTA grants of $25,000/yr for three years/$75,000 to support a VISTA position on individual campuses
- Enhanced recruitment and retention through student involvement in engaged learning
Benefits to Students
- High-quality service-learning experiences that build on the skills and habits students have begun to develop through K-12 service-learning
- Structure and support for students to mobilize on the local and state levels to address civic and social issues of concern
- Enhanced opportunities for engaged learning and applied learning toward career development and personal growth
Benefits to the State of Maryland
- Increased partnership opportunities between higher education institutions, communities, non-profit organizations, schools, faith communities, businesses, and state agencies to address statewide issues
- Increased multi-institutional collaboration and enhanced institutional efficiency on community development in geographic regions of need
- Enhancing student and presidential advocacy by gathering statewide statistical data
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