Become a Member

Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact is a network of 2-year, 4-year, public and private colleges and universities that support civic engagement and democratic renewal. Presidents and chancellors who join connect their institutions with awards, scholarships, publications, consulting, resources, professional development opportunities, and access to the national Campus Compact network of more than 500 higher education institutions.

While college and university presidents and chancellors are the official members of our coalition, everyone associated with a member campus can access member benefits. Academic leaders, faculty, staff, students, and community partners regularly call on the Compact for a number of services to enhance their engagement efforts.

Benefits for Presidents

  • A mechanism for connecting to communities, enriching students’ experiences, and enhancing faculty and student retention.
  • Opportunities to raise national awareness of the civic mission of colleges and universities through influential documents such as the Presidents’ Declaration on the Civic Responsibility of Higher Education.
  • Millions of dollars in subgrants to member campuses to support service and civic engagement efforts available through our state affiliates.
  • Access to hundreds of service and service-learning program models and syllabi, as well as the chance to share successful initiatives nationally.
  • National and local publicity that highlights presidential leadership in support of public and community service.
  • Legislative updates with information on government initiatives that affect service-related programs in higher education.
  • Publications and online resources to help your community partners work effectively with higher education.
  • Training, resources, awards, and other support for faculty, community service directors, administrators, and students engaged in service and service-learning.
  • Advocacy of national and state legislation and funding to support campus-based service.
  • Formal links with organizations such as the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), The Research University Civic Engagement Network (TRUCEN), HUD + Higher Ed Engagement Network, and discipline associations to bring combined resources and efficiencies to new initiatives.
  • Professional development and networking opportunities designed to enhance presidents’ ability to foster civic engagement.

Benefits for Community Engagement Professionals

  • Professional development and networking opportunities through national, regional, and state conferences.
  • Millions of dollars in subgrants to member campuses to support service and civic engagement efforts available through our state affiliates.
  • Online access to news, events, funding opportunities, resources, and other essential information.
  • A searchable database of more than 700 exemplary campus-based service program models, indexed by category.
  • Information on and support for VISTA, Federal Work-Study, and other programs.
  • Discounts on publications from Campus Compact with information on program administration, benchmarks, funding, and other key topics.
  • Regional and state-level support, including assistance in linking with local school systems, businesses, and community partners, as well as onsite training and technical assistance.
  • State and national-level service statistics to support campus funding of service-related efforts.
  • An opportunity to inform national and state-level legislation and policy affecting campus-based civic engagement efforts.
  • Publications and online resources to help your community partners work effectively with higher education.
  • Events and initiatives that bring together CSDs, service-learning directors, faculty, students, and community partners.

Benefits for Faculty and CAOs

  • More than 700 exemplary service and service-learning program models searchable by subject.
  • A searchable database of more than 250 service-learning syllabi in 48 disciplines.
  • Toolkits, curriculum guides, and other cutting-edge publications on topics ranging from creating an engaged department to assessing service-learning.
  • Conferences, workshops, institutes, and other professional development opportunities at the local, state, regional, and national levels.
  • Online toolkits and other resources.
  • Curricular service-learning resources on pedagogical styles, the impact of service-learning, and research findings.
  • Access to the expertise of Campus Compact’s Consulting Corps.
  • National recognition of exemplary work through awards and exposure in our newsletter and other publications.
  • Publications and online resources to help your community partners work effectively with higher education.
  • Validation for service and service-learning work, including national advocacy as well as assistance in building internal recognition.
  • A support structure for making teaching and scholarship both academically rigorous and socially relevant.

Benefits for Students

  • Recognition through national and regional student award programs and exposure in our newsletter and other publications.
  • Access to online information on events, resources, grants and fellowships, and more.
  • Assistance in administering Federal Work Study community service programs.
  • Student participation in Campus Compact meetings to help guide student-related activities.
  • Local and national publicity for student-led service and civic engagement efforts.
  • Books, action guides, and other publications that give voice to students and provide guidance on organizing events and projects.
  • Election resources, including information on absentee ballots, organizing campus initiatives, and models of election-related activities.
  • Tools and support to allow students to act on their sense of social responsibility in ways that are relevant to their academic study.

Benefits for Community College Members

  • On-site training and technical assistance from our state affiliates.
  • Conferences, workshops, and institutes designed to foster networking and provide professional development for faculty and administrators.
  • Access to the knowledge of the Consulting Corps, including members with specific expertise in service-learning at community colleges.
  • Partnerships with other national organizations, such as the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), to promote service-learning on campus.
  • Discounts on high-quality publications to help develop, refine, and promote service and service-learning programs, as well as a range of free resources.
  • Hundreds of syllabi for service-learning courses in 48 disciplines.
  • A searchable database of more than 700 program models with exemplary community service and service-learning practices.
  • State and national advocacy for funding of programs that enrich the college and benefit the community.
  • Updates on relevant events, funding opportunities, and special initiatives.
  • National awards and exposure for faculty and students with exemplary practices.
  • Recognition and validation among all of higher education of the community college approach to serving communities.

To learn more or to discuss joining Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact, please contact Rob Barron at