In July, MACC Executive Director Barbara Canyes joined state Campus Compact leaders from across the country for a Network Leadership Meeting, Advancing the Public Mission of Higher Education: The Power of Linking Diversity and Civic Engagement. This annual meeting gathers the volunteer and professional leaders of the Campus Compact Network—national board members, state board chairs, state directors, and national staff—to discuss strategic goals and priorities.
The 2014 gathering focused on sharing emerging and innovative approaches to linking diversity and civic engagement in order to further advance the mission of American higher education. Among the featured speakers were José Calderón, Professor Emeritus of Pitzer College; Richard Guarasci, President of Wagner College and Campus Compact Board Chair; and Andrew Seligsohn, Campus Compact’s new national President.
Strategic priorities discussed included increasing college access and retention, enhancing college readiness among K-12 students, and establishing meaningful, reciprocal community partnerships. Participants also reviewed cutting-edge programs such as asset-based community engagement and learned about new resources, including the forthcoming revised edition of Campus Compact’s seminal assessment book, Assessing Service-Learning and Civic Engagement: Principles and Techniques.