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1 A PROMISING CONNECTION Increasing College Access and Success through Civic Engagement

2 About Iowa Campus Compact What is Civic Engagement? Why Civic Engagement? Research – Connection with College Completion Community College Models What you can do and how we can help Session Overview

3 About Us

4 Member Benefits Resources Successful models Funding Visibility Faculty opportunities Recognition Professional development Technical assistance Advocacy and policy National movement About Us

5 . What is civic engagement? Service-learning Community engagement Community-based research Civic education Community experiences Community-based learning Democratic practice Philanthropy education Other co-curricular offerings for students

6 . What is civic engagement? Individual vs. Organizational Individual - create civically minded persons, use knowledge and skills for community betterment Organizational - create infrastructure that link campuses and communities through reciprocal partnerships

7 Service and learning goals of equal weight and each enhances the other for all participants (Sigmon, 1994) What is service-learning?

8 The system of community colleges grew out of a commitment to the democratic principles of access and opportunity; its leaders were philosophically dedicated to the belief that broad engagement of the diverse community will create a strong educational, social, political, and economic fabric. (Cohen & Brawer, 2003) Why Civic Engagement?

9 A Promising Connection Report Research

10 Eyler, Giles, Stenson, and Gray (2001) found a range of benefits for students (page 11): academic learning and ability to apply what they have learned in the real world improves student satisfaction with college, more likely to graduate sense of personal efficacy, personal identity, interpersonal development, ability to work well with others spiritual and moral development leadership and communication skills reducing stereotypes and facilitating cultural and racial understanding social responsibility and citizenship skills. Research

11 2010 Job Outlook Survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers candidates involvement in volunteer work key factor in making hiring decisions Research

12 High-quality curricular and co-curricular civic engagement is positively correlated with student success in K-12 schools, community colleges, and public and private four-year colleges and universities (Grantmakers for Education, 2010; Meyer, 2003). Peer group interaction key for college student success, service is one way to develop peer relationships (Astin, 1996) Service-learning is positively associated with student retention and the likelihood of completing a degree (Astin and Sax, 1998) (page 6) Research

13 Gallini and Moely (2003) (page 6) effects of service-learning on student retention, academic challenge, academic engagement, interpersonal engagement, and community engagement surveyed students about engagement, academic challenge, and persistence students in service-learning courses scored significantly higher on all measures Research

14 Campus Compact offices of Northern New England study 770 students at 17 institutions student survey on how service-learning course affected them on five measures: retention, academic challenge, academic engagement, interpersonal engagement, and community engagement Research

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16 AACC, Prentice and Robinson (2010) study (page 9) More than 2,000 students Statistically significant differences between service- learners and non–service-learners on five out of six learning outcomes educational success and academic development, civic responsibility, critical thinking, communication, and career and teamwork. Research

17 Dahiwakud Project (developed by the Community College National Center for Community Engagement, CCNCCE) Collaboration with four-year and two-year institution Joint energy efficiency project for low-income families Improved attitude and interest in learning and community service Faculty reported expanded knowledge and skill set (page 10) Community College Models

18 Accent on Student Success: Engaged Together for Service (ASSETS) Intergenerational service projects 1,500 students surveyed 9 in 10 improved attitudes toward learning and community service 90% of minority students surveyed more likely to complete degree Community College Models

19 Kapiolani Community College (handout) Faculty-driven and integrated Service-learning outcomes aligned with institution learning outcomes 2009 and 2010 fall-spring persistence rates 25% higher for service- learning students Service-learning students also performed better in developmental courses Offer Pathways by issue/field area, continuum of opportunities through courses, work study, internships, student leader positions Community College Models

20 Iowa Western Community College Majority of service is academic-based service learning, however there are also multiple service opportunities throughout the year to encourage students to continue to be civically engaged Sampling of graduates indicated that service-learning enhanced understanding of course content, attributed to career opportunities as well as networking and resume building, and many continue to serve after they graduate. IWCC notes Service-Learning on student transcripts Bring together community members, students, faculty and staff to volunteer for a common goal IWCC hosts annual recognition for service which includes community partners, students, faculty and staff. Hosted professional development with leaders in the field such as Patty Clayton, Dr. Robert Franco etc. Also offer opportunities for faculty to attend/present at service-focused national conferences Service-focused student clubs to promote leadership – Colleges Against Cancer chapter through American Cancer Society Host annual community-wide and campus-wide service events - Community Relay For Life and Pink Out Community College Models

21 Iowa Western Community College Received 5 subgrants through Learn and Serve America totaling more than $60,000 Most recent: 2011 STEM grant project at Lakin Campus Multi-program project (culinary, construction, ag/hort, sustainability and AmeriCorps) Multi-agency project (CB Boys & Girls Club, Micah House shelter, Heartland Family Services and Extreme 180 Youth Summer Fitness Camp) Utilize AmeriCorps program for student leadership opportunities Americorps State (Iowa Campus Compact) hours (6 students) AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates – 10 weeks, full-time (6 students) Partner with neighboring higher education institutions in Omaha for large-scale community projects Metro Area Coalition for Service-Learning (UNO, Creighton, UNMC, CSM, Methodist, Clarkson, Grace, IWCC and MCC) – implement projects and professional development around annual themes such as Veterans, Refugees, etc. Project Homeless Connect Omaha – one day event to provide medical and social services to community residents struggling with homelessness - Serves 600+ in metro area Community College Models

22 Iowa Western Community College Benefits from Campus Compact membership Professional development opportunities AmeriCorps programs Networking and collaboration with other Iowa higher education institutions Foster strong partnership with Iowa Commission in Volunteer Service Resource sharing – member networks/best practices Opportunities for student leadership – IUGO conference and other summits Grant opportunities – federal and private Award opportunities for faculty and students IWCC student recently named a Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow (one of only four in the state of Iowa) Community College Models

23 1. Connect with institutional mission and vision statements 2. Integrate civic engagement at all academic and co- curricular levels 3. Integrate into the faculty promotion and reward structure 4. Provide professional development opportunities for faculty 5. Provide infrastructure support for community-campus relationships What Institutions Can Do

24 1. Get key leaders talking 2. Encourage faculty 3. Connect local groups 4. Utilize development office 5. Track and evaluate 6. Reflect institutional commitment 7. Share evaluation and data What Leaders Can Do

25 1. Professional development (training, workshops, webinars, etc.) 2. Funding opportunities 3. Student engagement programs 4. Faculty programming 5. Networking and collaboration 6. Information on research and models 7. Dissemination and recognition How IACC Can Help

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