New York Campus Compact is an association of college and university presidents and their campuses committed to promoting active citizenship as an aim of higher education. We encourage member institutions and prospective members to utilize the resources available on this site for college and university presidents, community service and service learning coordinators, faculty and students.
2015 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the
Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty
Sponsored by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) and the Center for Engaged Democracy (CED) at Merrimack College
The annual Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty recognizes a faculty member who is pre-tenure at tenure-granting campuses or early career (i.e., within the first six years) at campuses with long-term contracts and who connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement. (Click here to view instruction for submitting nominations).
Congratulations to New York State Colleges and Universities for Receiving 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification!!
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Congratulations to the NYS Recipients of the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll!!
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more about the Honor Roll, click here
RECRUITMENT FOR nycc aMERICORPS VISTA MEMBERS IS NOW OPEN!
New York Campus Compact is recruiting for 15 VISTA projects plus a VISTA Leader position. VISTA projects next year range from addressing food insecurity through community gardens, education, and community organizing to working with faculty on STEM education outreach in K-12 schools. We literally have projects across the state, from the State University of NY at Fredonia in Western New York to Farmingdale State College on Long Island.
Our VISTA Leader position is located in Ithaca, NY, home to Cornell University and Ithaca College. It is also ranked as one of the top 17 hippie friendly cities in the US.
Program Descriptions (for full descriptions and to apply, click on the program name):
The overarching goals of Columbia Engineering’s Outreach Programs are 1) to provide traditionally under-served students with multiple entry points to academic and professional careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines 2) to create a pipeline of diverse socially responsible students prepared and interested in choosing STEM careers, 3) to close the STEM achievement gap so that underserved students can have opportunities in the 21st century global economy.
SUNY Farmingdale State College-
The Farmingdale State College VISTA project will focus on creating a sustainable STEM Outreach Program for low-income communities that includes both Long Island educators and K-12 students.
SUNY Oswego/Cayuga Community College
The STEM Mentoring Program has been designed as a collaborative partnership between SUNY Oswego, Cayuga Community College, the Fulton City School District, and AmeriCorps VISTA. While the primary goal of the project will be to increase 7-8th grade school children from underrepresented groups’ access to innovative STEM curriculum leading to increased academic performance and retention; the secondary goal will be to create a network of relationships that will strengthen the STEM pipeline from two-year colleges to four-year institutions continuing into graduate programs. Through targeted recruitment to underrepresented groups, the STEM Mentoring Program expects to see higher interest in STEM fields across all cohorts of participants. Youth in Fulton, New York are afflicted by extreme poverty, the challenges of which are inversely related to retention and academic attainment. As of the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey of 2013, the child poverty rate in Fulton was 31.0% and only 76% of students are graduating high school. Academic and social criteria will be used to identify mentees, and the program will specifically target students in traditionally underrepresented STEM groups such as females. Via mentoring and access to high-quality STEM curriculum there will be increases in academic engagement and retention. Retention increases will expand on the number of students graduating high school and possibly pursuing further education impacting lifelong earning potential. This project will continue to expand on the Graduate STEM Mentoring program by modifying its selection criteria for mentors to include sophomore and above classes, as well as, students from Cayuga Community College which will directly increase the organization’s capacity to reach school children.
NYCC VISTA Leader-
The NYCC VISTA Leader will support VISTA members professionally as they navigate projects involving two or more institutions, and personally as they take on service without many VISTAs nearby. Professional support will include shared training records, group webinars, training conferences, and a database of professional development opportunities. Personal support will include facilitated monthly reflection, one-on-one meetings, site visits, and a group service project. VISTA Leader networking with alumni will also provide current VISTAs with access to mentors. The VISTA Leader will collect all relevant tools and products that result from the VISTA projects and adapt them for posting on NYCC's website to serve as resources for other projects. Finally, the VISTA Leader will coordinate marketing of the VISTA projects as a whole to ensure VISTAs’ work is recognized and supported locally and state-wide, and that exemplary VISTA projects inspire AmeriCorps and private anti-poverty projects in the years to come.