Access the survey results here: Campus Compact 2012 Statistics
New Campus Compact Survey Shows Growth
in Civic Engagement Levels on College Campuses
Campus Compact members see institutional support for student and faculty community engagement on the rise
Boston, MA – College and university support for civic engagement programs and activities continues to grow according to the Campus Compact 2012 Annual Member Survey. This year’s results tell a story of continued growth in support structures for campus engagement, leading to notable levels of engagement with students, faculty, and community partners.
“The results of this survey help convey the social impact of higher education’s civic mission,” said Campus Compact president Maureen Curley. “As part of this larger movement, Campus Compact members are leaders in educating students for responsible citizenship, strengthening communities, and fulfilling the public purposes of higher education.”
Service-learning has become well established on campuses with 95% of respondents offering these types of courses. Notably 62% of member campuses require service learning as part of the core curriculum of at least one major (up from 51% in 2010). Campuses offered an average of 66 of these courses per campus in 2012. In one important measure of campus support for service learning, 68% of campuses reward faculty for service-learning and community-based research.
Campuses are also offering more support for alumni entering public service including informational programs which have more than doubled to 83% from 2010; networking channels, offered by 58%, and student loan deferment or forgiveness offered by 17% and 14% respectively.
During the 2011-2012 academic year, 44% of students participated in some form of community engagement. These community engagement activities contributed to an estimated $9.7 billion in service to their communities.
The top five community issues addressed through campus programs are K-12 education, hunger, housing, poverty, and mentoring. Two areas that have shown remarkable growth are access and success in higher education, offered by 79% of campuses (up from 56% in 2008), and programs to foster economic development, offered by 69% of campuses (up from 48% in 2008). This shift accentuates higher education’s ability to innovate to meet emerging societal need and exemplifies Campus Compact’s efforts to promote civic engagement as an important tool for making impact in these areas.
To read the entire survey, please go to http://www.compact.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Campus-Compact-2012-Statistics.pdf
About Campus Compact
Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the public purposes of higher education. As the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, Campus Compact promotes public and community service that develops students’ citizenship skills, helps forge effective community/campus partnerships, and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum. Campus Compact’s membership includes public, private, two- and four-year institutions across the spectrum of higher education. For more information, visit www.compact.org.