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Kentucky Campus Compact website has just gotten a makeover. The look and navigation has been made more accessible and is now mobile friendly. We hope you enjoy the site and find the information you were looking for. As we continue to transition our site a number of pages are still under construction. If you have found a mistake in our transition to the new site please contact us at execdirector {at} kycompact(.)org.    

Summary of the February 6, 2017 Presidents and Chancellors Conversation

Nineteen college and university presidents and chancellors from across Minnesota gathered on February 6, 2017, to reflect on what we can and must do in a time of visible polarization along lines of race, class, religion, location (urban/rural), political ideology, immigration status, and more. Our goal for ourselves and our communities is not necessarily agreement, but an enhanced ability to live and work together constructively in a free society. We discovered a strong, shared commitment to championing dialogue across differences and to practicing it ourselves. Listening deeply to each other’s stories is powerful. It can build trust, seed new relationships,…

New Partnerships Ease the Burden of Community Engagement Matching and Tracking

Without dedicated software, comprehensive tracking of student community engagement activity can be a lot of work – or nearly impossible. Software programs can be expensive, but two creative partnerships are making sophisticated tracking accessible to more campuses both in Greater Minnesota and the Twin Cities. If campuses and community organizations increasingly use shared software platforms, higher education volunteers, service-learners, interns, and other resources can also become easier for our communities to access. It’s a win-win. Southwest Minnesota State University and United Way of Southwest Minnesota recently launched a new collaborative website called MustangsVOLUNTEER, which makes service opportunities easier to find for…

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through Learning, Celebration, and Service

Minnesota Campus Compact members organized a variety of thoughtful programming during the week of January 17, 2017, celebrating the legacy of Dr. King, learning about current issues of race and justice in our state, and showcasing the plethora of options students have to engage with their communities. Here’s a small sample of activities: Augsburg College  Augsburg College held its 11th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation. This year’s theme was “Renewing King’s Call for Social Justice, Equality, and Inclusion, in an Age of Demagoguery.” The keynote speaker was Dr. Nekima Levy-Pounds, a civil rights attorney and legal scholar on issues of race, public policy,…

Building Meaningful Classroom Connections

“Not only did partnering with Brightside give us an opportunity to have real time discussions about what challenges organizations face, it allowed us to think bigger than ourselves, about our community and the good work that is being done and needs to be expanded.”

January Update – New Community Engagement Resources

Articles, Books, and Journals The Benefits of Gender Balance in a System’s Presidential Offices by Anne Blackhurst, Joyce Ester, Connie Gores, and Barbara McDonald Critical Competences for Social Impact Leaders by Romy Kraemer Engaging Learning Through Student Activism by Stephen G. Pelletier Engaging Urban Universities as Anchor Institutions for Health Equity by Ira Harkavy Engaged Research and Practice edited by Betty Overton, Penny A. Pasque, John C. Burkhardt Higher Education’s Post-Election Voice by Pete Mackey In Tumultuous Times, Colleges Can Do What They Do Best by Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh The Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education, 2016 edited by Alexis Petri, and Tabitha Underwood More universities…

“Engage the Village”: Partnerships (and VISTAs) to Support Low-Income Student Success

Concern about financial barriers to college enrollment and completion is widespread these days, for good reasons. In the Chronicle of Higher Education, Temple University faculty member Sara Goldrick-Rab identifies significant problems with higher education policy but also steps that colleges and universities can take “right now”: First, colleges can do a better job of assessing students’ readiness to learn. . . . Remember Maslow’s hierarchy of needs: food, housing, safety, and sleep must be assured before we can move on to higher-order tasks. Second, colleges can listen to students and give them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they are…

September Update: New Community Engagement Resources

Books, Journals, Articles: Civic Labors: Scholar Activism and Working Class Studies edited by Dennis Deslippe, Eric Fure-Slocum, and John W. McKerley Civic Professionalism: A Pathway to Practical Wisdom for the Liberal Arts by Amy Kortiz and Paul Schadewald Community-Based Reseach edited by Mary Beckman and Joyce F. Long Engagement Champions by David J. Weerts Integrating Values Into Your Career by Laura N. Schram Public: A Journal of Imagining America, issue on Globally Engaged Pedagogy, Research, and Creative Practice edited by Ifeoma K. Nwankwo, Jeffrey Hou, Jan Cohen-Cruz Re-envisioning Education and Democracy by Ruthanne Kurht-Schai and Charles R. Green Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International…

VISTA Streamlines Volunteers through Virtual Clinic Orientation

Samira Quasem served as a 2015-16 CHC VISTA member with the Metropolitan State University dental clinic. One of her main projects during her service year was the development of a virtual clinic orientation (VCO).

Liberal Arts as Liberation: College of Saint Benedict Student and President Perspectives

Earlier this winter, College of Saint Benedict President Mary Dana Hinton published “The Negative Narrative That Keeps a College President Up All Night” in Diverse: Issues in Education. In it she counters what she describes as “the prevailing narrative . . . that a college education, especially a liberal arts education, is not a worthwhile investment,” especially for those who come from low-income backgrounds, as she did herself.

BSU President Hanson Calls MNCC a Key Link with Real World

Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College President and MNCC board member Dick Hanson is retiring at the end of the 2015-16 academic year. Guest writer and former MPR reporter Dan Olson spoke with Hanson about the history and philosophy that has informed his years of leadership.

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