Benefits and Impact
For nearly two decades, Campus Compact of the Mountain West 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 CCMW membership provides, membership has rapidly grown from four founding members to 22 current college and university members.
CCMW designs programs and services to meet the changing needs of our member campuses. Learn more about the impacts of CCMW programming in 2011-2012 in our annual report.
Building the Movement
Campus Compact of the Mountain West is the only organization in the state focused on building and supporting higher education service learning and civic engagement initiatives. CCMW 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.
CCMW 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. CCMW supports our member campuses by:
- Meeting with member presidents and chancellors to identify campus priorities
- Providing annual impact data on CCMW programming
- Inviting campus leadership to participate on the CCMW Board of Directors 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, CCMW-supported programs make an impact—the number of service hours contributed by Compact Service Corps AmeriCorps Members during the 2011-2012 academic year totaled 1.1 million. And while you can't put a price on the total benefits of volunteerism and civic engagement, according to the Independent Sector, the value of that contribution equates to an economic impact totaling over $19 million in one academic year alone. During that same year, CSC Members served through 1,156 nonprofit and government agencies to provide critical education and healthcare services to more than 400,000 community members.
And we're not done yet. CCMW 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 CCMW offers—and let us help you help your students make a difference in the world.