Benefits and Impact
For nearly two decades, Colorado Campus Compact has brought together college and university presidents, faculty, staff, students, and community members in the shared passion for community-based teaching and learning. The Compact helps members to:
- Share best practices
- Provide faculty development opportunities
- Highlight promising program models
- Bring resources to emerging and developing service learning and civic engagement programs
As proof of the value CCC membership provides, membership has rapidly grown from four founding members to 21 current college and university members.
Building the Movement
Colorado Campus Compact is the only organization in the state focused on building and supporting higher education service learning and civic engagement initiatives. CCC works with campuses individually to align campus and community priorities with ongoing and potential programs, services, consulting, and resources.
While services may look very different from campus to campus, they all share the mission of building campus and community partnerships and addressing community priorities through service learning, civic engagement and community-based learning initiatives.
CCC provides an opportunity for college and university presidents and chancellors to convene in support of service learning and civic engagement priorities on their campuses. No other organization in the state creates a forum for conversations among leadership of community college, private, and four-year public institutions focused on the public good of higher education. CCC supports our member campuses by:
- Meeting with member presidents and chancellors to identify campus priorities
- Providing annual impact data on CCC programming
- Inviting campus leadership to participate on the CCC Executive Committee and in National Campus Compact events
- Working with campus stakeholders to highlight ongoing community-based learning and help develop administrative support for those initiatives
Without a doubt, CCC-supported programs make an impact—the number of service hours of UCAN Serve and Colorado Access VISTA volunteers during the 09-10 academic year totaled 1,207,210. And while you can't put a price on the total benefits of volunteerism and civic engagement, according to the Independent Sector, in 2008 the value of one volunteer hour in Colorado was $21.47. By that calculation, CCC volunteers contributed more than 1.2 million volunteer hours worth nearly $26,000,000 during the 09-10 academic year.
And we're not done yet. CCC will continue to offer new and emerging programs in direct response to member needs and requests. Whether you're a current member or considering membership, we urge you to explore all of the programs & services CCC offers—and let us help you help your students make a difference in the world.