Engaged Campus Initiative
The engaged campus is defined as one in which academic and community engagement is integral to all aspects of the university, and a core component and value of the university’s mission and education. Campus Compact of the Mountain West's Engaged Campus Initiative (ECI) offers an array of programs and services explicitly designed to assist campuses in creating and advancing a culture of engagement across academic, co-curricular and administrative programs and departments. Click on the headings below to explore our current ECI offerings.
The Engagement Academy, endorsed by the American Association of State Colleges & Universities, the Coalition of Urban & Metro Universities, and the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities, supports colleges and universities in the development of institutional engagement plans, effectively linking community engagement to the teaching, research, and service missions of the institution. For the first time ever, the Engagement Academy will be hosted by CCMW and will be tailored to the specific priorities that impact the social fabric of this region. This unique opportunity will allow campuses to develop engagement plans that are integrated into the campus as a tool for institutional effectiveness. The MWEA will be held at the University of Northern Colorado from February 19-21, 2014.
Engaged Campus Training Grants are available to increase the number of local training opportunities specific to community engagement work for faculty and staff. Funds are to be used to support workshops, conferences, and training events hosted locally and can be used to augment existing events. Campuses can use this grant to highlight the expertise of the campus and connect campus trainings through the CCMW network.
This web-based database of engaged practitioners provides an immediate source for faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners to highlight and share their expertise and knowledge across the region. Individuals accepted into the Engaged Consulting Corps are vetted by Campus Compact of the Mountain West staff and are included in a searchable database for all campuses to utilize.
The Engaged Faculty Institute (EFI) provides an opportunity for cohorts of faculty and instructors to engage in dialogue about student-centered, experiential education that enhances classroom learning while addressing community needs. This interactive workshop is designed to introduce best practices for service learning, and to guide participants as they integrate these practices into their classroom curriculum and pedagogy.
The Engaged Practitioners Scholarship Program provides funding to support faculty/staff presentations on their community-engaged work at national conferences.
Each year, Campus Compact of the Mountain West awards eight Engaged Scholarship Grants of up to $1,500 each to support the creation of new service learning courses or community engaged research projects.