Excerpt from Campus Compact, read more here. Sable Phillippi, a junior at Concordia University Portland, has played a critical role in addressing the issue of poor academic achievement and behavioral performance within the K-12 educational system in the Portland, Oregon.
As a part of Sable’s Leadership Development 200 Service Learning Leadership course, she coordinates a critical after school mentorship program in partnership with the Portland Public Schools or Schools Uniting Neighborhood Program (S.U.N). Using Preforming Arts as the avenue to build strong positive mentorship relationships between CU student mentors and 3rd-8th grade at risk students, the Preforming Arts Corps program as increased both the levels of academic achievement and healthy behavioral performance over 37% since the beginning of the program in 2011. Learn more about Sable's work here
. ABOUT THE AWARDThe Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.
Through service, research, and advocacy, Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world.Newman Civic Fellows are recommended by college and university presidents to acknowledge motivation and ability in public leadership.
Newman Civic Fellows awards are made in memory of Frank Newman
, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform. Frank Newman’s leadership was selfless, optimistic, and determined, spanning an incredible career of more than five decades. At the core of Dr. Newman’s leadership was a belief in the power of individuals to make a difference and in the power of connection with others. Newman Civic Fellows form a unique network of leaders who will inspire and keep hope alive for one another during college and afterward, as the network expands exponentially each year. Frank Newman had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who want to make a difference. The Newman Civic Fellows are reflections and affirmations of his life’s work.
What is it?
The Community Engagement Classification recognizes higher education’s commitment to community engagement. Drawing its criteria heavily from Campus Compact’s Indicators of Engagement Project
, the new classification reaffirms institutional commitment to deepen the practice of service and to further strengthen bonds between campus and community.
Top 5 Reasons to Apply
- Legitimacy: If your campus has made a commitment to community engagement, the classification, with the Carnegie Foundation’s credibility, provides you with a new level of legitimacy and public recognition and visibility for your work.
- Accountability: The classification is one way to demonstrate that the institution is fulfilling its mission to serve the public good – and this is applicable across all institutional types with added importance for public, state colleges and universities. It can serve as a political device to justify activities to external stakeholders.
- It can also serve as a Catalyst for Change: The classification provides a tool for fostering institutional alignment for community-based teaching, learning and scholarship – it can be a catalyst for efforts to improve teaching and learning through curricular connection to community-based public problem solving (through experiential, collaborative, active, and problem-based learning).
- It also proclaims the Institutional Identity: The classification is a way to clarify institutional identity and claim or reclaim a specific mission that distinguishes the institution from peers and establishes a specific competitive, market niche.
- The application process provides an opportunity for Institutional Self Assessment: The indicators of community engagement provide a way to bring the disparate parts of the campus together in way that advances a unified agenda. At the same time it allows for the identification of promising practices that can be shared across the institution.
Opportunities to learn More
Carnegie Classification Virtual Learning Community
For those actively pursuing the Carnegie Classification, this moderated virtual learning community will be available to all Campus Compact members seeking (re)classification for the Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Classification on Community Engagement. During the application process, members will receive support from experts in the field who will be moderating the community as well as from one other.
This online platform will allow Campus Compact members the opportunity to participate in a moderated peer learning community with similar institutions and experts in the field. Members can share information, ask questions and learn from each other. The Virtual Learning Community will be a place where members can receive feedback on specific topics and share resources with other members. Campus Compact and its experts will be active in the virtual learning community and will respond to and address key challenges as they arise.
The learning community will operate from September 2013 – April 2014. Registration is free for all members and will open Summer 2013. Stay tuned for more information!The Engaged Campus: Preparing for the 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification
In this pre-recorded discussion
, panelists share information about the 2015 application cycle for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Elective Community Engagement Classification. Presenters discuss ways the Classification advances institutional engagement and offer “on the ground” perspective from two- and four-year institutions. Presenters include Dr. John Saltmarsh, Co-Director, New England Resource Center for Higher Education and Ms. Gail Robinson, Director of Service-Learning, American Association of Community Colleges. To listen to the discussion, please go here
. Carnegie Community Engagement Classification:
View the results here- 2012 Annual Member Survey
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.
Two community issues addressed through campus programs that have shown remarkable growth are access and success
in higher education, offered by 79% of campuses (up from 56% in 2008), and programs to foster economic development
, offered by 69% of campuses (up from 48% in 2008). The survey data highlights higher education's ability to innovate to meet emerging societal needs and exemplifies Campus Compact's efforts to promote civic engagement as an important tool for making impact in these areas.
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
The following ORCC member campuses were recognized for their achievements in volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement: Concordia University, Lewis & Clark College, Linfield College, Oregon State University, Pacific University, Portland State University, University of Portland, and Warner Pacific College. A special distinction was given to Lewis & Clark College for their engagement with the community. One additional non-member campus, George Fox University, was also recognized on the President’s Honor Roll.
ORCC is proud to celebrate the role these schools play in helping to solve Oregon’s most complex problems. Together, campuses and communities are working to move Oregon toward a more vibrant, educated, and healthy state.
Oregon’s colleges are skilled at inspiring and empowering students to serve the community. According to the report, Volunteering and Civic Life in America, Oregon ranks eighth in the country for college student volunteerism.
“Communities are strengthened when we all come together, and we are encouraged that these institutions and their students have made service a priority,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Civic engagement should be a key component of every student’s education experience. Through reaching out to meet the needs of their neighbors, these students are deepening their impact, strengthening our democracy and ultimately preparing themselves to be successful citizens.”
ORCC is a state affiliate of Campus Compact, a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents. Seventy-two percent of the institutions recognized on the Honor Roll are Campus Compact members. These schools represent more than 6 million students who are committed to fulfilling the public purposes of higher education.
“The recognition of such a high percentage of our members by such an elite distinction validates that our mission of deepening civic engagement is absolutely the right path for us to be taking. It re-energizes us to do even more and we congratulate our members receiving this distinction,” said Campus Compact President Maureen Curley.”
ORCC is motivated by the belief that students have the power to change the world. Together with campuses, ORCC activates higher education to place more students on a lifelong path of civic participation. As the only statewide organization working with private, public, four-year, and two-year institutions, ORCC embraces its unique position to ensure every Oregon student graduates as an engaged, global citizen. To learn more, visit www.oregoncampuscompact.org
Two weeks ago, Josh Todd joined the ORCC team as Interim Executive Director. To get to know him a litte better, we sat down to learn about his background, what he's excited about, and his vision for ORCC.
The ORCC Team- McKenzie Miller, Monica Gerber, Tina Shantz, Josh Todd, Signe Bishop, and Caryn Nelson
Tell us about yourself.
I have spent my professional career working to bring the passion, wisdom, and innovative solutions of community members into local government. I am a father of two, a marathon runner, and I love exploring local food and music.What motivates you to the work of Oregon Campus Compact?
So many pressing issues face the communities of Oregon. I am excited to help bring those communities together with campuses and students to create a healthier, more prosperous, and equitable Oregon.What’s your role as Interim Executive Director?
ORCC is positioned to deepen its impact throughout the state by using the power of students and their service, along with the knowledge and resources of our colleges and universities, to address some of our most pressing issues as a state.
My role as Interim Director is to help map the strategic opportunities for impact moving forward and to make recommendations to our board for ORCC's next phase of growth, and the skills and abilities the permanent Executive Director will need to take us there.What will you accomplish as Interim Executive Director?
I am most looking forward to talking with our board, staff, member campuses, and students about our next phase of growth. I hope to develop a provocative, compelling vision for how ORCC can grow its membership, deepen its social impact, and enhance the educational experience of Oregon students. What are the top five things you’re looking forward to?
How will you meet ORCC’s partners?
- AmeriCorps VISTA and Retention Project site visits, especially to Southern Oregon University, which I have never had a chance to visit before.
- ORCC Student Leadership Conference
- ORCC's weeklong LeaderShape training for students in August
- Eugene Marathon in April.
- Portland Marathon in September
I am scheduling coffee, breakfast, and lunch with partners over the new few months and will be traveling with our dynamic duo, VISTA Program and Retention Project Coordinator Signe Bishop and AmeriCorps VISTA Leader Caryn Nelson, on visits to as many campuses as I can.Since starting at ORCC, what have you learned about the organization that you think would surprise people?
Our member Portland Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the state with over 90,000 students!Is there anything that hasn’t been asked that you’d like to share?
My phone number and email so all our partners can reach out to me whenever they want: 503-406-3575, firstname.lastname@example.org
Portland, Oregon – On January 21, 2013, Oregon Campus Compact and nine colleges (Concordia University, George Fox University, Lewis & Clark College, Portland Community College, Portland State University, Reed College, University of Portland, Warner Pacific College, and Western Oregon University) will bring together 1,000 students to explore education as a civil right and to support the momentum and energy of those working to increase the high school graduation rate in Multnomah County.
On MLK Day, college students will support education by helping to remove one of the barriers to literacy, access to books. The day’s main volunteer project, sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, will involve sorting, cleaning, and distributing gently used children’s books into the Portland-area. The service projects will prompt college student volunteers to reflect on the value of education and how poverty impacts learning.
In total, college students will donate 4,000 hours of volunteer time to the community and distribute 40,000 used children’s books into homes, schools, and libraries.
“It’s really exciting to bring together a large group of college students to respond to the community's needs," said Concordia University's Assistant Director of Service Leadership, Amy Dickerson. “MLK Day is impactful because it inspires students to serve not only one day but also to continue their service to the community throughout the year. By uniting colleges and universities to serve together, students become a part of something bigger than each of their individual campuses.”
College students in Oregon are experienced with serving their community. Oregon ranks eighth in the country for college student volunteerism according to the Corporation for National & Community Service report, Volunteering and Civic Life in America. Oregon’s students are challenging those who believe they are disengaged and apathetic by showing up (in record numbers) to serve and prove through action that they are making a difference in their community.
For further information, contact McKenzie Miller at (503) 406-3572.
The ORCC Board of Directors is pleased to announce Josh Todd has been chosen as the new Interim Executive Director of ORCC.
Josh brings a deep value in equity and the power of civic engagement, especially of those most impacted by disparities, to transform communities and campuses. Josh served Multnomah County for over ten years most recently in his role as Director of the Multnomah County Commission on Children, Families and Community He joined the county in 2002 as the Youth Development Coordinator, developing and implementing meaningful ways for young people to engage with government.
Over his decade of service he facilitated a two-year community effort to create Our Bill of Rights: Children + Youth, the nation’s first such document; expanded participation by underrepresented youth in the Multnomah Youth Commission; and negotiated an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Portland to make the Youth Commission a formal policy advisory board to the Portland City Council and County Commission. He was also co-convener of the Cradle to Career Ready for Kindergarten Collaborative and served on the All Hands Raised steering committee for the effort.
Josh received his Bachelor of Social Work from Aurora University and Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an AmeriCorps Alum and avid runner.
Josh formally begins in the new role on January 23rd. He can be reached at email@example.com
Letters of Intent Due Friday, January 11, 2013
ORCC is pleased to announce the release of our 2013-2014 Request for Proposals (RFP) for our VISTA and Retention Project AmeriCorps programs. These programs provide campuses a full-time AmeriCorps Member to focus on community engagement and service-learning initiatives that alleviate poverty (VISTA) and build mentoring programs for underserved youth and college students (Retention Project).ORCC AMERICORPS VISTA MEMBERS WILL:
ORCC RETENTION PROJECT MEMBERS WILL:
- Build organizational capacity for projects focused on alleviating poverty
- Foster reciprocal partnerships between community-based organizations and campuses
- Enhance the quality of campus community service and service-learning programs
- Improve student leadership in service and the number of students in direct service with the community
- Improve retention and academic advancement rates of middle school, high school, and college student mentees who are at-risk of dropping out of school by providing them with a college student mentor and engaging them in service-learning activities
- Improve retention and academic advancement of college students by engaging them in leadership through mentoring and other service-learning activities
- Develop the civic and work force skills of all students
Linked below you will find the RFP and a Resource Guides for both the VISTA and Retention Project programs. The Resource Guides are designed to provide examples and ideas for strong project proposals. Likewise, Program Supervisor, Signe Bishop is available for application technical assistance.ORCC Full-time AmeriCorps RFP
(this is a fillable form, so please make sure to download the original)The Retention Project ORCC RFP Resource Guide 2013-2014VISTA ORCC RFP Resource Guide 2013-2014
UPCOMING RFP EVENTS & DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
Letter/Email of Intent to apply due to ORCC (send to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Technical assistance conference calls (choose ONE)
- February 5, 2013 at 10am OR
- February 13, 2013 at 11am OR
- February 21, 2013 at 2pm
Call Details (for all call options):
Enter Access Code 421222, then #
Please RSVP to email@example.com
VISTA and Retention Project Proposals due to ORCC
Please feel free to forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested in hosting an ORCC AmeriCorps Member in the 2013-2014 service year. We look forward to hearing from you!
Take a look where Oregon's colleges and universities are going for Alternative Spring Break in 2013! Did we miss one? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
to update our map!
The impact of natural disasters can destroy communities. To repair damages, response efforts must know how to efficiently lend support, resources, time, and energy. Take a look at these resources and learn how to mobilize your campus and community to make responsible contributions to relief efforts. Be Patient
Resist the urge to make quick decisions before truly understanding how to be helpful. As community needs are assessed, volunteer opportunities and partnering organizations will be identified to lead the recovery. Be patient as these assessments are made. Do not self-deploy, this may complicate first responders' efforts and create unnecessary dangers. Register Your Interest to Volunteer
When volunteer needs are identified, organizations will mobilize volunteers in their database. Make sure you’re connected with these organizations to learn more about deployment opportunities.Disaster Recovery Course Models Rebuilding Vermont; Community Engagement in Disaster Preparedness and ReliefBy:
University of Vermont
Learn how the University of Vermont created a service-learning class (in less than a week) to support recovery from Hurricane Irene in 2011. Ready CampusBy:
Pennsylvania Campus Compact
Prepare your campus to respond to disasters by utilizing this resource. The manual covers topics such as emergency management, community partnerships, and service-learning. Donate In-kind Donations and Materials National Donations Management Network
is a virtual portal that allows companies and individuals to offer support during disasters. Access the portal to contribute financially, send in-kind donations, and to give skills and time to organizations active in the disaster response. Resources National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
is a forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle to help disaster survivors and their communities.