A letter from the national Campus Compact Executive Director:
We are pleased to share with you Campus Compact's 2012 Annual Member Survey "Creating a Culture of Assessment."
Campus Compact has conducted an annual membership survey since 1987 with the goal to help the organization and its member campuses track the extent of civic engagement activity in order to implement ongoing improvements. Campus Compact members should be proud of their role in educating students for responsible citizenship, strengthening communities, and fulfilling the public purpose of higher education. This year's results tell a story of continued growth in support structures for campus engagement, leading to notable levels of engagement with students, faculty, and community partners:
- Service-learning has become well established on campuses with 95% of respondents offering these types of courses. Sixty four percent of member campuses require service learning as part of the core curriculum of at least one major (up from 51% in 2010).
- 68% of campuses reward faculty for service-learning and community-based research.
- During the 2011-2012 academic year, 44% of students participated in some form of community engagement. These community engagement activities contributed to an estimated $9.7 billion in service to their communities.
We hope that you find this year's member survey a valuable resource and encourage you to share it with your colleagues. We appreciate your continued commitment to advancing the civic engagement of higher education and to Campus Compact.
President, Campus Compact