What is Campus Compact?

Campus Compact is a national network of approximately 1,100 colleges and universities and is devoted to the civic mission and public purpose of higher education. As a higher education coalition, we work with faculty and staff at member institutions to support community-based teaching, learning, research, and practice and the pursuit of public scholarship (www.compact.org).

Missouri Campus Compact is a state affiliate of the national Campus Compact and serves as a network for campuses within the state of Missouri. Our membership represents community colleges, 4-year public and private institutions across the state.

What does Missouri Campus Compact do?

Missouri Campus Compact provides resources to our member campuses to assist them in their community engagement endeavors. Examples of services offered include:

  • Funding opportunities for member campuses and individuals
  • Professional development for civic engagement administrators and service-learning faculty
  • Access to best practices, research, and resources on engagement
  • Recognition for outstanding service to the community
  • Support of public scholarship

What are Missouri Campus Compact’s priorities?

MOCC works with campuses to assist them in a variety of engagement needs. However, for the purposes of statewide programming and allocation of resources, we focus on the following priorities (see Visioning Report):

  • Institutionalization
  • Partnership Development and Maintenance
  • Public Scholarship
  • Student Leadership and Development

When was Missouri Campus Compact formed?

Missouri Campus Compact (MOCC) was chartered on December 7, 2000, during the Coordinating Board of Higher Education meeting under the direction of Dr. Kala M. Stroup, Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education for the Missouri Department of Higher Education. MOCC is hosted by Missouri State University in Springfield.

How is MOCC funded?

Initial funding was provided by the Missouri Legislature and the Kauffman Foundation. In recent years, MOCC has been funded entirely by Missouri State University. Member campuses also pay a fee for membership which goes entirely to the national compact as part of our affiliation arrangement.

Who are the Missouri Campus Compact members?

See member webpage

What is community engagement (civic engagement)?

MOCC tends to use the term community engagement interchangeably with civic engagement. We see community engagement as any work with a community that assists in fostering a relationship between the institution and the community and utilizing the assets of the institution and community to address issues of concern. We often look to the Carnegie Foundation definition for community engagement (www.nerche.org):

Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. 

The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.

What is service-learning?

Service-Learning combines community-based practice with academic learning.  It is typically thought of as the integration of service into a course. We typically refer to Barbara Jacoby’s definition, which states that service-learning is:

a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs, together with structured opportunities for reflection designed to achieve desired learning outcomes

Jacoby, B. (1996). Service-Learning in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices. The Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

What is public scholarship?

Public Scholarship refers to the process of generating new knowledge through engagement with the community. Knowledge may be generated through teaching, research, and community engaged practice.