National Programs

Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC) is a “nonprofit coalition of college and university presidents committed to developing the civic skills of students, building partnerships with the community, and integrating civic engagement with teaching and research.”  MACC sponsors many trainings, grant and funding opportunities, and conferences. The MACCwebsite also provides many resources for faculty in the form of publications, toolkits, membership surveys, and course development support.

Imagining America is a national consortium of colleges and universities committed to public scholarship in the arts, humanities, and design. Public scholarship joins serious intellectual endeavor with a commitment to public practice and public consequence and includes:

  • Scholarly and creative work jointly planned and carried out by university and community partners;
  • Intellectual work that produces a public good;
  • Artistic, critical, and historical work that contributes to public debates;
  • Efforts to expand the place of public scholarship in higher education itself, including the development of new programs and research on the successes of such efforts.

The Imagining America website includes valuable links to community engagement programs at many member colleges and universities. It also provides information about past and future conferences, publications emerging from those conferences, and on-going projects connected to the revision of tenure practices to recognize community engaged scholarship and a college-level curriculum.

Project Pericles, founded in 2001 by philanthropist Eugene M. Lang, is a not-for-profit coalition of colleges and universities that promotes social responsibility and participatory citizenship by encouraging the integration of civic engagement into the academic curriculum and partnerships with community organizations. Hampshire College is a founding member.

The website contains links to curricular initiatives sponsored by Periclean institutions as well as sample course syllabi for faculty, reports and articles on a wide range of topics and best practices in the field of engaged learning.