Coaching Civic Action Planning

Launched in January 2017, Civic Action Planning (CAP) Coaches provide an expert advice and an outside perspective to campuses developing Campus Civic Action Plans in line with Campus Compact’s 30th Anniversary Action Statement. With extensive community organizing and development experience to share, our CAP Coaches work with higher education institutions to reignite their commitment to the public purposes of higher education. Campus Compact CAP Coaches Steve Dubb Speciality: Community Economic Development Over the past decade, Steve Dubb has been deeply engaged, as a researcher and a coach, to thinking about how universities might play a more effective role in community economic…

The Gathering Storm: Free Speech on Campus

A guest post by Nancy Thomas, Director of the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tisch College at Tufts University. Rancor over how U.S. colleges and universities manage free speech is not new, but it seems to have reached a feverish pitch since Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the U.S. in January. Some stories, like those about Charles Murray at Middlebury and Ann Coulter at UC Berkeley, attracted incredible attention. Others were all but overlooked, and commentary on the highly reported cases seem singularly negative to institutions and students. Here’s a chronological recap, with some thoughts…

Reflections on the Thomas Ehrlich Award by Andrew Furco, 2012 Recipient

A guest post by Andrew Furco, Associate Vice-President for Public Engagement and Professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development at the University of Minnesota. Andrew Furco is the 2012 recipient of the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award. Receiving the Thomas Ehrlich Award in 2012 was truly an honor. This award, in particular, has meant a great deal to me. I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Ehrlich in 1992, while a graduate student at UC Berkeley working on my dissertation on service-learning. And meeting him was a turning point for me — one that changed the course of my career. At the…

Voter Friendly Campuses

Created by NASPA and the Campus Vote Project, the Voter Friendly Campus designation is a program created to help institutions develop plans to coordinate administrators, faculty, and student organizations in civic and electoral engagement. The Voter Friendly Campus designation program helps administrators develop a strategy to engage students in election processes. The work campuses put into implementing voter engagement plans keeps students engaged in public issues and participating in the electoral process as they enter and move through their time at school. To earn the Voter Friendly Campus designation, campuses had to submit a plan and report the results after…

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