Academic Engagement


What is Service-Learning?

Service-learning is an educational approach that incorporates community service with the learning objectives to meet societal needs in the community.

A Venn Diagram explaining Service Learning. It breaks it into 3 sections which are commumity involvement, practical experiences, and academic study.

Service-Learning Resources:

NKU Service Learning

KYSU Service Learning

Children Inc. 

The Effect of Community Service Learning on Undergraduate Persistence in Three Institutional Contexts

The Relationship between Service-Learning and Degree Completion

Beyond the Gates: Creating a Campus-Wide Program for Cross-Cultural Learning and Assessing Mission Integration


The Merrimack College Master’s degree in Community Engagement is officially launching an online degree option.  Three four-credit courses will be available this fall.  For more information, to register for a course, or to apply for the degree program, please contact Alex Harrigan at harrigana {at} merrimack(.)edu

      • CME 506G Community Organizing & Development; Online; Thurs 8:30-9:50 required weekly virtual session; This course examines place-based community organizing and development from a social justice perspective. Through case studies, students learn about current issues and approaches to community change. The course emphasizes organizing in low-income communities and provides an assets-based approach. The course will address key issues such as housing, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, and sustainability, with a focus on the social and political aspects of development.
      • CME 540G Fundraising, Grant Writing, and Development; Online; asynchronous; This course examines the critical role of fundraising and development in nonprofit organizations and other community settings. Students will have the opportunity to develop a grant proposal. Students will become knowledgeable about a wide range of fundraising strategies and techniques, such as capital campaigns and event planning. They will consider related issues including branding, community relations, and the use of social media.
      • CME 6025G Community Engagement in Higher Education: Online; asynchronous; This course examines the contemporary community engagement movement – e.g., service-learning, civic and community engagement, community-based research – in higher education. It explores key programmatic issues such as course development, student outcomes, and community partnerships as well as core theoretical questions. The courses will focus on the limits and possibilities of community engagement in higher education through multiple frames of reference: technical, cultural, political, and conceptual.

Micro-Credentials Offered by Campus Compact HQ: 

Campus Compact Headquarters offers two micro-credentials for post-baccalaureate professionals to continue their education and demonstrate proficiency in civic engagement. The two currently offered are Community Engagement Fundamentals and Community Partnerships. More information can be found in the link below.



September 12  11:00am – 12:00pm, $50 Register for Digital Board Bootcamp 

Need an easy way to learn the essentials of serving on a nonprofit board? Sign up for Digital Board Bootcamp, a 60-minute webinar that covers the fundamentals of volunteer board service and features expert panelists: Barkha Patel, Chris Adams, and Delores Hargrove-Young. Attendees receive a board-service handbook, assessment, and certification based on a passing score. 

October 1 5:00 – 7:00pm $20 Register for the Board Match Event 

Ready to find a board position? Join our next Board Match Event on October 1, and enjoy refreshments and conversation as you meet the nonprofits whose open board positions specifically match your interests and skills in a speed-dating style environment.

National Campus Compact Webinar Series: 

Campus Compact’s National Webinar series returns for 2019-2020
with more to support and inspire you. Topics touch on issues of
relevance to faculty, staff, students, and their partners in education
and community building. Be sure to tune to each session for
information, tools, and resources to help you in your work.

Register here

Gulf South Summit (Conference for Higher Education Professionals)

Early Bird Registration Ends on January 24th!

Save $50 by registering now!

2020 Conference Registration

(Please Note – All Presenters and co-presenters must register by the Early Bird Registration Deadline to insure inclusion in the printed program!)

Reserve your hotel room now!

The deadline for getting the $125/night (+ tax) rate is February 24th, or until the Room Block fills, whichever comes first! More than half the Room Block has already been claimed!

2020 Accommodations and Transportation

Special Opportunity!

IARSLCE Research Agenda-Setting Forum

Don’t miss out on the chance to participate in this 3-hour forum following the close of the Summit on Friday afternoon. Indicate your desire to participate in this free session today!

Research Agenda-Setting Forum


Serve as a Student Advisory Board Member for Campus Vote Project.

The Student Advisory Board position is a volunteer position for civic-minded student leaders who want to be a part of the national democratic engagement movement. As a founding member of the Students Learn Students Vote coalition and a co-creator of the Voter Friendly Campus designation, CVP prides itself in being a leader in institutionalizing democratic engagement on college campuses.

Campus Election Engagement Project Fellowship

Fellows will lead their campus with voter registration, voter education, and voter engagement for the 2020 election. Fellows should use the CEEP assessment to develop and implement a plan on their campus on how administrators, faculty, staff and student leaders can help register and engage students in the election process. Ultimately forming a team type approach for their school.  Fellows will receive orientation, training support and guidance from CEEP. This position is for the fall 2020 collegiate semester.

Apply here

Service-Learning Modules