Mission, Goals, Initiatives and Expectations
Washington Campus Compact is a statewide coalition of college and university presidents who have united to further the civic purposes of higher education by:
- Creating academic and co-curricular service opportunities for students to develop the skills and habits of citizenship;
- Encouraging the engagement of faculty in community-based scholarship that addresses societal concerns; and
- Fostering the development of collaborative partnerships among campuses, and with communities.
WACC and its members will:
- Advance the practice of campus-based community service, the pedagogy of service-learning, and the strengthening of student leadership in Washington state;
- Promote collaboration and partnerships between colleges, universities, and their communities through programs that respond to specific local and regional needs;
- Foster the development and dissemination of innovative curriculum, theory, research, and best practice of higher education community service-learning programs; and recognize exemplary models, collaboration, faculty, and students annually;
- Build public awareness of the value of the reciprocal relationship between educational institutions and communities; and
- Leverage funding from state, federal, corporate, and private sources for statewide programming and subgrant to member campuses.
Presidential Initiatives and Membership Expectations
Washington Campus Compact member presidents are committed to:
- Integrating the ethic of community service throughout the institution, and making service a central element of the higher education experience;
- Promoting, facilitating, and rewarding community service through all available avenues;
- Inspiring, endorsing, and rewarding faculty efforts to integrate service with academic study;
- Fostering thoughtful reflection on service experiences and stimulating students to engage in lifelong constructive efforts that address the problems facing society;
- Developing and endorsing policies and structures on campus, state, and national levels that support community service and/or community service-learning; and
- Collaborating with other institutions to strengthen regional initiatives and establishing long-term systemic support for all forms of campus community service.