Become a Member

Reasons to Join

  • Sharing learning and impact

Our members fulfill their public purposes by educating students for informed and responsible citizenship, advancing research to address public challenges of all kinds, and building local communities through partnerships and institutional action. Through the Compact network, institutions gain valuable information about how their peers are creating impact on student civic learning and community goals and have the opportunity to share efforts of their own. More than 1000 colleges and universities working together can advance the public good in ways no institution can alone.

  • Comprehensive engagement planning support

Campus Compact provides training and resources for institutions working to leverage existing community and campus assets for maximum impact on shared campus and community goals. This includes our Campus Civic Action Planning initiative, knowledge hubs focused on specific areas for exploration, access to coaches and individualized planning assistance, and funding through projects focused on specific aspects of campus action.

  • Support for community-based teaching and research
Campus Compact provides essential  resources for faculty including our syllabus collectionThe Research University Engaged Scholarship Toolkit, and a wide variety of publications focused on course construction, department-level alignment, assessment, and more. Campus Compact’s Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award recognizes excellence in engaged scholarship, raising the profile of community-based teaching and research.
  • Opportunities for student civic learning
Our newly redesigned Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students from Campus Compact member institutions. The fellowship emphasizes personal, professional, and civic growth. The fellowship experience includes a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, along with online learning opportunities and periodic regional gatherings. Newman Civic Fellows have special eligibility for scholarships and post-graduate fellowships.
  • Professional development and networking
Our national network provides ongoing professional development for faculty, staff, and administrators working to build partnerships with community-based organizations through state, regional, and national conferences and events. We are preparing to launch a credentialing program for Community Engagement Professions to provide best-practice education, access to the latest resources, and a stronger professional identity for those advancing the public mission of higher education.
  • Hands-on technical assistance
Member institutions receive hands-on technical support through our national office, as well as our state and regional Compacts. Campus Compact professionals support member institutions in devising and implementing curricular and co-curricular student programs, building community partnerships, shaping faculty and staff professional development programs, and more.
  • Visibility for the role of higher education in delivering public value

Campus Compact serves as a national megaphone to raise awareness about the civic mission and public purposes of higher education. Our national, state, and regional staff work with leaders in the public, private, philanthropic, and citizen sectors to share information about the impact of engaged teaching and research and the role of colleges and universities anchor institutions. We connect with communications and assessment staff on campus to bring data and stories to traditional and new media.

Email us at infova {at} compact(.)org with any questions or if any institution wants to become a member. We can lead you through the process.

Any accredited college or university in Virginia committed to civic and community engagement is welcome to join Campus Compact for Virginia – and with it the national Campus Compact network of more than 1,100 higher education institutions.

Academic leaders, faculty, staff, students, and community partners regularly call on the Compact for a number of services to enhance their engagement efforts, including:

  • Professional development events
  • In-service workshops, on-site consultations, and information services
  • Publications and periodicals