Civic Action Plans

Commitments from the 30th Anniversary Action Statement

To advance the public purposes of higher education, we affirm the following statements, which characterize our current commitments and name the ideals toward which we will work with renewed dedication, focus, and vigor.

We empower our students, faculty, staff, and community partners to co-create mutually respectful partnerships in pursuit of a just, equitable, and sustainable future for communities beyond the campus—nearby and around the world.

We prepare our students for lives of engaged citizenship, with the motivation and capacity to deliberate, act, and lead in pursuit of the public good.

We embrace our responsibilities as place based institutions, contributing to the health and strength of our communities—economically, socially, environmentally, educationally, and politically.

We harness the capacity of our institutions—through research, teaching, partnerships, and institutional practice—to challenge the prevailing social and economic inequalities that threaten our democratic future.

We foster an environment that consistently affirms the centrality of the public purposes of higher education by setting high expectations for members of the campus community to contribute to their achievement.

Campus Compact’s 30th Anniversary Action Statement of Presidents and Chancellors


Have you found yourself asking these questions: Why should our institution create a Civic Action Plan? How do we move our plan from words to action?

Learn from your Michigan colleagues about the process and outcome of their plans by joining our May 12, 2020 webinar hosted by Campus Compact for Michigan.

Other resources:

Creating a Great Civic Action Plan

Civic Action Plan Template

Civic Action Plan Library