Initial efforts to form a higher education statewide structure to promote student service began in 1992 through a partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Education and the Massachusetts Service Alliance (formerly the Massachusetts Youth Service Alliance and the Massachusetts National and Community Service Commission).
The federal Corporation for National Service provided funding to support thirteen colleges and universities in significant community service collaborations. Through the creation of the Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium, members strengthened their community service programs and service learning coursework through networking, collaboration and the sharing of best practices. The success of these discussions among presidents, faculty, staff and students resulted in the formation of an advisory council to continue the development of a state-wide structure to support and promote community service and service learning in higher education.
At a landmark meeting with Senator Edward Kennedy held at Tufts University on May 1, 1995, thirty-eight college presidents endorsed the proposal of the advisory council to create a formal state compact network for Massachusetts’ institutions of higher education. This meeting led to the development of an Executive Committee of college and university presidents. On June 5, 1995, the committee, in affiliation with national Campus Compact, created Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC) as the sixteenth state Compact network. In 1996, twenty-three institutions joined as founding members, and MACC offices were established at Tufts University. Now including seventy-three Massachusetts colleges and universities, MACC membership continues to provide the critical support needed to advance this viable and thriving organization.