Kentucky Campus Compact views colleges and universities as vital agents and architects of a diverse democracy, committed to educating students for responsible citizenship in ways that both deepen their education and improve the quality of community life. We challenge all of higher education to make civic and community engagement an institutional priority.
Kentucky Campus Compact advances the public purposes of colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students to civic and social responsibility.
Kentucky Campus Compact was created in 2005 within the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement at Northern Kentucky University. The organization was created as a member of Campus Compact and is one of 35 state Compact offices nationwide.
The national office of Campus Compact was founded in 1985 by the presidents of Brown, Georgetown and Stanford Universities and the president of the Education Commission of the States. The founders saw many students on their campuses who were involved in community service and believed others would follow suit with the proper encouragement and support.
Today there are more than 1,100 member campuses nationally. Over 98% of Compact members have one or more community partners, and more than 90% of members include service or civic engagement in their mission statements. These campuses are using their knowledge and resources to help build strong communities and educate the next generation of responsible citizens.
Who we are
The Kentucky Campus Compact (KyCC) is a statewide coalition of 18 college and university presidents — representing more than 140.000 students — who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. KyCC promotes public and community service that develops students' citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum. KyCC's membership includes public, private and two and four year institutions across higher education.
Kentucky Campus Compact's state office is located at Northern Kentucky University and has member campuses and universities spanning across the Commonwealth. KyCC is the umbrella organization for programs such as AmeriCorps VISTA, Kentucky Service Corps, Kentucky College Coaches and the Kentucky Collegiate Leadership Conference.