Connecticut Campus Compact, a statewide President's membership organization located at Fairfield University, issues three-part series on array of higher ed concerns


Image: Fairfield campusConnecticut Campus Compact (CTCC), a statewide program based on the Fairfield University campus promoting institution-wide engagement with communities, is releasing a three-part series of publications, "Better Engagement. Broader Effectiveness," with a goal of connecting economic prosperity and engaged citizenship.

Established in 1998, Connecticut Campus Compact has the membership of Connecticut presidents of colleges and universities, with Fairfield University President Rev. Jeffery P. von Arx, S.J., serving as chair. Its mission of improving community life and social responsibility mirrors Fairfield's Jesuit mission of serving others.

"With the vast majority of colleges and universities in Connecticut being members - from public and private, research and an Ivy League university - our position in Connecticut is unique," said Dr. Saul Petersen, CTCC executive director and a co-author. "We alone have the capacity to bring all colleges and universities together in order to find solutions to today's issues related to Connecticut's civic and economic prosperity."

The three publications are about promoting high quality campus-community partnerships, encouraging faculty scholarship that is done in collaboration with community partners, and supporting student civic learning and career readiness. Authors include members of the Fairfield University community, Yale, University of Connecticut, state and community colleges, and organizations like Habitat for Humanity.

The first publication, "A Tool to Develop and Nurture Campus-Community Partnerships," serves as a framing document for the creation of policies and guidelines governing partnerships or, alternately, to assess and enhance existing campus-community partnerships.

Scheduled for release in March, "A Framework for Community Engaged Scholarship," provides a framework for the production of scholarship that is characterized by authentic collaboration and partnership between students, faculty and the community. Fairfield Professor Beth Boquet is one of its authors. Scheduled for release in April, "Civic Learning Developmental Pathway," presents research impacting civic pathways to career success and engaged citizenship. Fairfield University senior Daryll Fay, a service learning associate with Fairfield University's Office of Service Learning, was a contributing author.

For more information, visit www.fairfield.edu/ctcampuscompact.

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Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726, mmccaffrey@fairfield.edu

Posted on February 7, 2013

Vol. 45, No. 178