Innovative Campus Award
Description and Purpose
The Executive Committee of Missouri Campus Compact has created a new campus award to celebrate the achievements of member campuses in advancing the field of higher education community engagement. This award will be given to one member campus that demonstrates innovation, creativity, and progress within their community engagement endeavors. These initiatives should highlight new ways of thinking about and/or practicing engagement (civic or political). The Be Bold Missouri Award will be given to one MOCC member campus. In addition, a Network Choice Award winner will be chosen through an online voting process as an honorable mention. Both award winners should reflect innovation and boldness with their community engagement initiative(s).
The Be Bold Missouri Award winner will receive $2,000 to be used for community engagement initiatives. The Network Choice Award winner will receive $500 to be used for community engagement initiatives.
This award recognizes two institutions (one will receive the Be Bold Missouri Award and one will receive the Network Choice Award) who demonstrate innovation, boldness, and a deeper level of transformative engagement in addressing a community issue and facilitating community impact, preparing students for lives of responsible citizenship, or institutionalizing community engagement. The Network Choice Award serves as an honorable mention award decided upon by the MOCC membership through an online voting process. Each campus will be honored at the annual Council of Presidents Meeting.
The award may be focused on initiatives, programs, partnerships, or institutional policies. This could include but is not limited to innovative scholarship, teaching, research, or practice; a new way to approach anchor strategies; creative student leadership opportunities in the community; a new approach to work with the community to address needs or mobilize assets; or innovative institutional policies. Activities may be in progress or recently accomplished. For materials that may spark ideas on areas in which campuses can be innovatively engaged, please see the Campus Compact Indicators of Engagement, the CCPH Partnership Principles, the Anchor Dashboard, and UPenn’s Anchor Toolkit. The Community Tool Box from Kansas University may also provide resources for working with communities.
We recognize that community engagement is practiced differently on every campus, therefore, we do not prescribe particular activities that should be implemented in order to be nominated for this award. However, MOCC does expect campuses to value ensuring community impact, fostering reciprocal partnerships and the inclusion of community voice, deepening student learning and growth, and implementing policies that make a campus a socially responsible enterprise. Broad ideals, developed by Campus Compact for its 30th Anniversary Action Statement, should be used to guide the work within higher education community engagement no matter the specific practices implemented.
Ideals of Engagement (from Campus Compact Action Statement)
We empower our students, faculty, staff, and community partners to co-create mutually respectful partnerships in pursuit of a just, equitable, and sustainable future for communities beyond the campus—nearby and around the world.
We prepare our students for lives of engaged citizenship, with the motivation and capacity to deliberate, act, and lead in pursuit of the public good.
We embrace our responsibilities as place-based institutions, contributing to the health and strength of our communities—economically, socially, environmentally, educationally, and politically.
We harness the capacity of our institutions—through research, teaching, partnerships, and institutional practice—to challenge the prevailing social and economic inequalities that threaten our democratic future.
We foster an environment that consistently affirms the centrality of the public purposes of higher education by setting high expectations for members of the campus community to contribute to their achievement.
Winner and Finalists
The Be Bold Missouri Award and the Network Choice Award will be distributed at the annual Council of Presidents Meeting. All nominees will be recognized at the event. The award winners must be present at the event to receive their awards. This could include the president and/or upper-level administrator.
All photos, videos, and written statements may be used on the MOCC website, social media, or other venues for the promotion of the campus, MOCC, and the award.
Campus applicants/nominees must be a current member of Missouri Campus Compact (dues paid for current fiscal year). Only one application per campus. Multiple campuses under the umbrella of one institution may apply per campus.
Be Bold Award Winner
Applications will be reviewed by MOCC staff, the Executive Committee (consisting of presidents from member campuses), and at least one representative from outside Missouri Campus Compact. All nominations will be initially scored by this group. The Be Bold Award winner will be chosen based on a point system (100 total points available)
Network Choice Award Winner
All other nominations/applications will be placed online for general voting by the network. Abstracts and/or videos will be used to inform voters of each project. Campuses will promote the voting with their own students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. MOCC will provide all materials and the online system for voting. Votes will be tallied to determine a winner.
- January 9, 2017 – call for applications
- April 6, 2017 – applications due
- April 7 – 21, 2017 – committee review and scoring
- April 24, 2017 – Be Bold Award winner announced
- April 24 – May 26, 2017 – online voting for Network Choice Award
- Week of May 29 – Network Choice Award winner announced and nominees notified
- Completed Cover Sheet and Application which includes:
- Abstract (500 words) and short video (1-3 minutes in length) describing the program/project
- Narrative, no more than 5 pages, that addresses the questions provided
- Letter from President/Chancellor that addresses the institutionalization and administrative support for engagement, maximum of 2 pages
- Letter from at least one community partner, maximum of 2 pages
- Email application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org with MOCC Be Bold Award in the subject line
Consists of basic contact and campus information. The answers provided do not affect the rating of your application/nomination. They are meant to collect information for our records.
500 word abstract and a short video (1-3 minutes in length) describing the program/project and its goals, including the rationale for receiving the award. (0-10 points)
Narrative Questions - no less than 2 and no more than 5 single-spaced pages that address the following questions:
Why is this innovative or a bold step for the community, your institution, and/or the field of community engagement in general? (0-25 points)
What are the intended/realized outcomes of the work for the institution and/or the community? How will this program/project reach those outcomes? (0-15 points)
How does this project meet at least one of the ideals set forth by Campus Compact? (0-10 points)
How does the community have a voice in the engagement endeavor? If no community voice, please clearly outline and explain why (e.g. an institutional policy change that may not have been vetted through community partners). (0-10 points)
Letters of Support
Letter from President/Chancellor that addresses the institutionalization and administrative support for engagement, maximum of 2 pages. (0-15 points)
Letter from at least one community partner, maximum of 2 pages. (0-15 points)
Email the following to email@example.com with MOCC Be Bold Award in the subject line:
- Cover Sheet and Application
- Letters of Support
- Abstract Video