Agenda and Abstracts

Wednesday, November 2nd
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


8:30am – 9:30am: Registration and Refreshments
8:30am – 9:30am: Presidents' Breakfast

9:30am – 10:30am: Opening Plenary

10:40am – 11:40am: Panel Session One
Morning Panels Include:

  • MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA: Community Service Partnerships
  • Engaging Businesses to Build Community (and Communities)
  • Creating a BOLD Campus Civic Action Plan
  • P20 Partnerships to Advance College, Career, and Civic Readiness
  • Service-learning and Civic Engagement in Your Schools

11:40am – 1:00pm: Lunch and Awards Program

1:15pm – 2:15pm: Presidents’ Council Meeting

1:15pm – 2:15pm: Panel Session Two
Afternoon Panels Include:

  • Strengthening Communities through Partnerships
  • Funding Collective Impact
  • Student Voices: A Commitment to Change
  • Scholarship of Engagement
  • Institutional Research

2:20pm – 2:30pm: Closing Remarks


Panel Session One: 

MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA: Community Service Partnerships
Building strong and enduring campus-community partnerships to fight poverty is the hallmark of the MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA program. Presidents from MDCCC member institutions will provide a closer look at the impact of these partnerships on their campuses as well as in their communities.
Guiding questions:

  • How have MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA programs impacted your campus culture?
  • What are outcomes of hosting an AmeriCorps VISTA on your campus?
  • What are the outcomes of hosting an AmeriCorps VISTA with a community partner


Engaging Businesses to Build Community (and Communities)
Panelists will discuss the importance of creating partnerships with local businesses to strengthen ties to the community. Both educational and business leaders intentionally cultivate and support partnerships in order to create a culture of civic and community engagement and improve community life. 
Guiding Questions:

  • How do you identify partners that support your mission?
  • What are the challenges of creating and maintaining partnerships?
  • How has your community been positively impacted by these partnerships?
  • What are some of the positive outcomes from partnerships among educational institutions and local businesses?


Creating a BOLD Campus Civic Action Plan
In celebration of Campus Compact’s 30th Anniversary, presidents and chancellors have been called to sign an action statement, committing to create a campus civic action plan that builds from student engagement to deeper institutional change and community impact with a renewed sense of urgency. Panelists will focus on the process and importance of creating a civic action plan, as well as monitoring and assessing outcomes.
Guiding questions:

  • How do we go about set learning outcomes?
  • What is civic learning?
  • What is the larger picture of service-learning?
  • What has the data/research shown regrading trends in K12/college student learning?


P20 Partnerships to Advance College, Career, and Civic Readiness
Higher education and K-12 leaders will offer a closer look at successful collaborations. Partners will discuss the impacts on students, communities and institutions, administrative considerations, and efforts to create successful regional collaborations.
Guiding questions:

  • What are the goals, successes, and challenges of institutionalizing P20 partnerships?
  • How we can better align the work of K-12 and higher education moving forward?
  • What can the business community do to support this initiative?


Service-learning and Civic Engagement in Your Schools
Superintendents and other K-12 leaders will engage in a thoughtful discussion of service-learning and civic engagement programs offered within their schools.
Guiding questions:

  • What has been the impact of implementing these programs?
  • What are the best practices and programs at your school?
  • How can we improve existing programs?
  • How can higher education institutions help increase our impact?


 Panel Session Two:

Strengthening Communities through Partnerships
Higher education and K12 leaders will discuss their roles in cultivating community partnerships that change the lives and quality of life in our communities – as well as enhance impact on students. From aligning existing programs and requirements to understanding organizational culture and structures, together institutions and communities can create lasting change.
Guiding questions:

  • What can we learn from local and national models as we move from programs partnerships?
  • How can we align existing programs to enhance impact on both students and the community?
  • What impacts are you looking for in your partnerships?
  • How do you measure impact?
  • What have you learned from this experience?


Funding Collective Impact
Panelists will discuss strategies for funding collective impact through multi-year collaborative grants from the private, philanthropic, and government sectors. This panel will explain what funders are looking for and describe effective ways to connect with funders.
Guiding questions:

  • How do you set your benchmarks for impact?
  • What happens if we don’t meet our impacts/goals?
  • How does our success affect later grants received?
  • How are funding categories determined?


Student Voices: A Commitment to Change
High school and university students, as well as graduates, will share stories of how learning through service impacted their career and life choices and shaped them as people. Each panelist has developed a commitment to creating change in his/her community through these transformative, high impact learning experiences.
Guiding questions:

  • What do students see as the benefits of civic engagement?
  • What was your transformative experience?
  • How are you a different, better person as a result of your engagement?
  • How do meaningful civic and community engagement opportunities influence college, career, and civic readiness?


Scholarship of Engagement
Representatives from higher education and K-12 will focus on the institutional systems that utilize and value civic and community engagement, as well as ways to garner support for service-learning and civic engagement among your administration. Additionally, faculty members committed to service-learning and community engagement will present and discuss their community-based research and its role in promotion, tenure, and publishing.

  • Faculty testimonials and best practices.
  • Balancing politics: How to do this work while taking a political stance? Without taking a political stance?


Institutional Research: Using Data to Improve Impact
Institutional research professionals, along with higher education and K-12 administrators, will discuss data collection and utilization, as well as provide examples of successful departmental collaborations.
Guiding questions:

  • What data are institutions currently collecting?
  • What data should we be collecting that we are not?
  • How we can use data to better inform our practice and improve our programs?

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