Loyola and other Louisianan colleges and universities become part of Campus Compact
Loyola press release - June 25, 2004
Leaders of Loyola University New Orleans and colleges and universities across the state have officially declared their combined commitment to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. In a signing yesterday, Loyola became one of 24 colleges and universities that are charter members of Louisiana Campus Compact.
Campus Compact, which began in 1985, supports the civic mission of higher education, promotes community service that develops students’ citizenship skills and values, encourages collaborative partnerships between campuses and communities, and assists faculty who seek to integrate public and community engagement into their teaching and research.
As is the case with other colleges and universities, Loyola has knowledge of the benefits of experiential education in providing students the opportunity to develop and enhance their sense of civic responsibility. Students have participated in internships and community service activities over several decades. And with the establishment of the Office of Service Learning in 2001, Loyola sought to integrate, support and expand the combination of community service with academic learning for the purpose of enhancing the educational experience of students, the teaching and/or research of faculty, and the ability of community partners to accomplish their objectives.
The benefits of bringing
The signing is the culmination of events that began over 18 months ago. In November 2002, the president of Loyola hosted a meeting with
About two weeks ago, letters were distributed to campus presidents that sought written affirmation to join the state and national organizations. The next step after the signing, says Jeandron, calls for the executive committee to hire an executive director of the Louisiana Campus Compact, which will be housed at
“Among the responsibilities of the executive director will be to develop programs and write grant proposals to enhance civic engagement activities at the membership campuses,” Jeandron explains. “He or she also will establish faculty development workshops and remain in contact with member institutions to address each campus’ particular needs.”