About California Campus Compact
Since its founding in 1988, California Campus Compact has worked to build the collective commitment and capacity of colleges, universities and communities throughout California to advance civic and community engagement for a healthy, just and democratic society. Through innovative programs and initiatives, grant funding, training and technical assistance, professional development and powerful research studies and publications, California Campus Compact each year invests in and champions more than 500,000 students, faculty members, administrators and community members involved in diverse and ground-breaking activities that support and expand civic and community engagement throughout California.
As the only coalition that brings together the diverse collection of California colleges and universities together around a common commitment to higher education’s civic purposes, California Campus Compact is a powerful ally in making the case for civic engagement, public service and student involvement in campus-community partnerships – and for sustaining the momentum for higher education’s public service role in California.
History of Campus Compact and California Campus Compact
California Campus Compact is part of the national Campus Compact network and is one of 30 state and regional Compact offices nationwide.
The national office of Campus Compact was founded in 1985 by the presidents of Brown, Georgetown and Stanford Universities and the president of the Education Commission of the States. In the mid-1980s, the media portrayed college students as materialistic and self-absorbed, more interested in making money than in helping their neighbors. The founding presidents of Campus Compact believed this public image was false; they noted many students on their campuses who were involved in community service and believed many others would follow suit with the proper encouragement and supportive structures. Campus Compact began with the goal of attracting 100 member campuses. Today, there are more than 1,000 member campuses nationally. They are supported by 30 state and regional Compact offices nationwide, including California Campus Compact.
In 1988, California Campus Compact became one of the first two state Campus Compact offices formed (Pennsylvania was the other) to provide member campuses with local, state and regional support. Charles Young, who was then Chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles, and Donald Kennedy, who was then president of Stanford University, led the group that founded California Campus Compact. California Campus Compact has grown from 17 member campuses at its inception to nearly 55 campuses today.
CACC is currently hosted by California State University, East Bay. CACC was previously hosted at the University of California, Los Angeles, San Francisco State University, and Sofia University.
“At California State University, East Bay, we take pride in our commitment to serve students first, by expanding access and enhancing each student’s educational experience and prospects for success as a graduate and life-long learner. That is why we are proud to not only be a member of the California Campus Compact (CACC), but to also host the organization on our campus. The university hosting CACC creates a synergy between Cal State East Bay’s commitment to enrich student engagement and learning with CACC’s rich history of leadership in supporting state, regional and national civic engagement in higher education.”
Leroy M. Morishita, President
California State University, East Bay
“As a new and growing research university, we at UC Merced know how complex and ever-changing the public higher education landscape in California can be. To thrive in such an environment requires us to be nimble, innovative and collaborative, and California Campus Compact helps to bring us all together as educators to fulfill both our individual and shared missions.”
Dorothy Leland, Former Chancellor
University of California, Merced
“California Campus Compact is at the forefront of the national dialogue on experiential learning, civic engagement and service learning. By collaborating with California Campus Compact, the University of San Diego is better equipped to prepare students to be ethical leaders and compassionate citizens who build partnerships for positive change and reinvigorate higher education for the public good.”
James T. Harris, President
University of San Diego