National Resources

Campus Compact: 

“Campus Compact is a national coalition of nearly 1,100 colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. We are a network comprising a national office in Boston, MA and as well as state and regional Campus Compacts. As the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, Campus Compact enables campuses to develop students’ citizenship skills and forge effective community partnerships. Our resources support faculty and staff as they pursue community-based teaching and scholarship in the service of positive change.” (Campus Compact Website)

The Research University Civic Engagement Network (TRUCEN):

“Works to advance civic engagement and engaged scholarship among research universities and to create resources and models for use across higher education. TRUCEN, which is hosted by Campus Compact, calls upon research university colleagues to embrace a bold vision for civic and community engagement and work to bring it about. As secretariat for the network, Campus Compact serves as a convener and as a disseminator of information and resources.” (TRUCEN website)

Imagining America:

“Imagining America was launched at a 1999 White House Conference initiated by the White House Millennium Council, the University of Michigan, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The name Imagining America reflected the theme of the White House Millennium Council that focused on renewing participation in all walks of U.S. life: “Honor the Past – Imagine the Future.” (Imagining America website)

Cultural Agents Initiative:

“Cultural Agents is an interface between academic learning and civic engagement. The Initiative promotes the divergent thinking of arts and humanities in the service of solutions to real life problems.

In courses, conferences, and community-based projects, we join a range of creative collaborators to feature art and interpretation as integral to active citizenship. Art is a force that drives innovation in everything from education, medicine, science, law, political leadership, and business. With a long humanistic tradition dedicated to civic development, and thanks to contemporary mentors who show how the challenges of scarcity, violence, and disease respond to creative interventions, Cultural Agents links resourcefulness with service.” (Cultural Agents website)

Carnegie Classification:

Classification of Universities involved in engagement.

New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE):

The website features an explanation of the Carnegie Classification of Community Engagement at

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH):

Resource website for community engagement.

President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll:

"The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. The Honor Roll’s Presidential Award is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning, and civic engagement." (National Service website)