Annual Awards

Each year we invite our member campuses to recognize special achievements on campus and in community with the annual Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact Awards. In preserving traditions in both states in our network, two types of awards are offered each year: Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents’ Awards recognize outstanding contributions in civic and community engagement by students, faculty, staff, collaborative teams, and community organizations. Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact Engaged Campus Awards recognize great projects, partnerships, and programs related to civic and community engagement.

For the 2023 award cycle, each member campus is invited to nominate awardees for the Engaged Campus Awards and select one awardee in each category for the President’s Awards. Awardees may be individuals or groups at the discretion of the member campus. 

In 2023, we will host an in-person awards celebration on Thursday, April 13 at St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, MN. Nominations will be released in January 2023 and due in February. Information about awardees will be shared with nominators and awardees in early April.

Each year, presidents of our member campuses can nominate an individual or group for the following categories to recognize their accomplishments from the year.

  • The Presidents’ Student Leadership Award recognizes an individual student or a student organization that models a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership, evidenced by initiative, innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing public issues, effective community building, and integration of civic engagement into the college experience.
  • The Presidents’ Civic Engagement Leadership Award recognizes a member of the faculty, administration, or staff or for a group (e.g., advisory committee, task force, project team) that has significantly advanced their campus’ distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others’ civic and community engagement, and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement.
  • The Presidents’ Community Partner Award recognizes a community-based partner or organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and has engaged in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with the college or university, thus enriching educational as well as community outcomes.

Each year, campuses can nominate awardees for each category of the Engaged Campus Awards. There will be one awardee and one honorable mention per category. Awardees may be individuals or groups at the discretion of the member campus.

  • The Engaged Campus Award for Alumni Leadership recognizes an alum from a member institution making strong contributions to their community and demonstrating the values of the civic mission of higher education.
  • The Engaged Campus Award for Community Collaboration recognizes a collaboration co-created with community organizations, leaders, and/or partners that is deep, reciprocal, and transformational.
  • The Engaged Campus Award for Emerging Innovation recognizes a recent project, program, or initiative making unique and innovative contributions that demonstrate strong future potential, including student-led projects.

Awards for the 2022-2023 academic year will follow this timeline:

  • December 13 – award categories & nominations timeline announced
  • January 23 – nominations open
  • March 13 – nominations due
  • March 31 – awardees selected by review committee; communication shared with member campuses & awardees directly
  • April 13 – awards celebration at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN

Join us on Thursday, April 13, 2023 at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. Event registration will open in February 2023 with pricing information.

Event Schedule

  • 1:30 pm – awards sponsor open house
  • 2 pm – event begins (snacks and refreshments will be offered)
  • 3:30 pm – awards end
  • 4 pm – open house, networking social (snacks and refreshments will be offered)
  • 5 pm – event ends

Past Awardees