Frequently Asked Questions
What is Service Learning?
Service learning can be defined as a “course or competency-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students: participate in mutually identified service activities that benefit the community, and reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and enhanced sense of personal values and civic responsibility.” (Bringle and Clayton, 2012, adapted from Bringle and Hatcher, 1995).
What is Community Engagement?
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 Volunteerism?
Volunteerism are activities done by people on their own time and free will that benefit others and are not compensated. The focus on volunteerism is service and not on learning (Safrit, King, and Burcsu 1994).
What is an Engaged Campus?
The engaged campus is the partnership of university knowledge and resources with t hose 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 (Fitzgerald et al., 2005, p. 2).
What is Civic Engagement?
Civic engagement is teaching, research, and/or service that is both in and with the community (Bringle, hatcher, & Holland, 2007).
What is Community-Based Learning (CBL)?
Community-based learning is a type of experiential learning activity situated out of the classroom and off-campus in the community. CBL can include clinical practice, field-placement, internships and practicum.
What is a Partnership?
Partnership is about collaborative interactions with community for the mutually beneficial exchange, exploration, and application of knowledge, information, and resources (Carnegie Foundation). These are relationships among individuals, groups or organizations that include the qualities of closeness, equity and integrity (Bringle et al. 2009).
What is Campus Compact?
Campus Compact is a national coalition of nearly 1,100 colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. We are a network comprising a national office in Boston, MA as well as state and regional Campus Compacts. As the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, Campus Compact enables campuses to develop students’ citizenship skills and forge effective community partnerships. Our resources support faculty and staff as they pursue community-based teaching and scholarship in the service of positive change.
What is Indiana Campus Compact?
Formed in 1993, Indiana Campus Compact is a partnership of college and university presidents and chancellors who have committed themselves and their institutions to their communities through mutually beneficial and meaningful collaborations to create engaged citizens and vibrant communities. Indiana Campus Compact is the only organization in the state that works with public, independent, and two-year institutions of higher education.
What is the Community Engagement Classification?
The Carnegie Foundation's Classification for Community Engagement is an elective classification, meaning that it is based on voluntary participation by institutions. The elective classification involves data collection and documentation of important aspects of institutional mission, identity and commitments, and requires substantial effort invested by participating institutions. It is an institutional classification; it is not for systems of multiple campuses or for part of an individual campus.
The classification is not an award. It is an evidence-based documentation of institutional practice to be used in a process of self-assessment and quality improvement. The documentation is reviewed to determine whether the institution qualifies for recognition as a community engaged institution. The Community Engagement Classification takes place on a five-year cycle. The next opportunity for institutions to apply for classification will be during the 2020 cycle (which will open in 2018).
In addition to the Elective Community Engagement Classification, the Carnegie Foundation also provides its all-inclusive classifications based on secondary analysis of existing national data. Visit the Carnegie Classification website for more information.