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A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Dear MACC Member Presidents, We are coming off a semester of great activity in civic engagement on all our campuses. This newsletter will give you a snapshot of these engaged activities and a preview of opportunities in the Spring of 2012. I invite you to take a few minutes to read about three important Campus Compact Award Opportunities, upcoming membership meetings focused on the Carnegie Classification application, and MACC’s Annual Presidential Gathering on June 12th at Brandeis University. We hope you will attend this breakfast. This gathering of presidents is the only one where private and public college presidents come together to talk and learn from each other about civic engagement in Massachusetts’s higher education institutions. MARK YOUR CALENDARS. I hope to see you there. Barbara Canyes, Executive Director



ALIS: Relating through Reflection

It’s been a busy fall for AmeriCorps Student Leaders in Service! This fall we enrolled 272 members. To date, our members are serving at 40 campuses in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Puerto Rico and have served 17,290 hours, recruited 760 volunteers, and served 1,610 youth. 5,357 of those service hours were in education, contributing to the MACC yearlong theme of the Education Pipeline. We look forward to enrolling our remaining 66 members this spring. Program Tip for the Spring Semester: Remember the Importance of Reflection!

Many of our students are wrestling to come to terms with the difficult social issues they encounter in their service and how to share and connect their different experiences with peers, as demonstrated by the quotes below. We constantly hear from our members about the benefits of group reflection. Be sure to offer reflection and encourage students to take advantage of campus and community programming that explores these issues. “Students who were involved in… structured reflection with service were more likely to talk about what they had learned

about social issues, about the subject matter of their courses and also how their perspective about community problems had changed” (From “A Practitioner’s Guide to Reflection in Service-Learning: Student Voices and Reflections”).

“I enjoyed being part of a community of leaders in service working towards a common goal.

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“Reflection” continued from page 1 While we were all working towards 300 hours, we each went about it in a different way, through a variety of different projects and initiatives. At group reflections, I enjoyed hearing from other students about their experiences in service that I am not familiar with. [ASLIS] challenged me to analyze and rework my definition of service. I have discovered that each individual has his or her own

definition. Despite this challenge, it became the most meaningful component of my experience with the program. I will continue to explore my definition of serving after exiting and beyond.” –Brandeis University student “The most challenging part of my service is working through a very frustrating system. My clients came in facing pressing problems, but the reality is that they are going to have to wait a while to see results. When you are

facing homelessness and are need of subsidized housing, the shortest amount of time to wait would be a year. Which seems like an eternity when your only option is to live on the street or in a car. It’s extremely frustrating for both me and the client in these types of situations.” –Simmons College student For Reflection Resources Visit: resources/?p=2616


Mount Wachusett Community College Receives $2 Million Donation to Support Civic Engagement

Civic engagement has been a hallmark of a Mount Wachusett Community College education for more than a decade. A $2 million donation from an anonymous donor will ensure that future generations will continue to gain awareness, appreciation and practical experience for volunteerism, civic involvement and the value of giving back to the community.

MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino recently announced that the college has received its largest single donation to date with the $2 million award to support civic engagement initiatives in perpetuity. The donation, made to the college through the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, will provide MWCC with an annual substantial allocation to support civic engagement. This endowment fund is intended to provide perpetual annual income to support the program together with matching funds or in-kind services from Mount Wachusett Community College.

Opportunities Newman Fellows The Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world. Newman Civic Fellows are recommended by college and university presidents to acknowledge motivation and ability in public leadership. Newman Civic Fellows awards are made in memory of Frank Newman, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform. The deadline to recommend a student as a Newman Fellow is February 21, 2012. For more information, visit or contact Barbara Canyes ( or 617-627-3889).


of those who attended are forming a working group to share resources/best practices and support as their campuses begin the process of applying for the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement classification. The first meeting will be February 1, 2012, from 10:00-11:30 at Tufts University in Medford. All MACC members are invited to attend. For more information, or to register, visit www. or contact Jeremy Poehnert ( or 617-627-4889). National Award Opportunities for Faculty

Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification Resource Group

For faculty committed to civic and community engagement, there are two major national awards: The Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award from Campus Compact and the Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement, from the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE). Both awards value community collaboration as well as institutional impact and honor engaged scholarly work across the faculty roles of teaching, research, and service.

Following the New England Regional Campus Compact conference in fall 2011, a number

The Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award recognizes one senior faculty member

each year. Honorees are recognized for exemplary engaged scholarship, including leadership in advancing students’ civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal community partnerships, building institutional commitments to service-learning and civic engagement, and other means of enhancing higher education’s contributions to the public good. The award — previously known as the Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for ServiceLearning — is named in honor of Thomas Ehrlich, former chair of the Campus Compact board of directors and president emeritus of Indiana University. Nominations are due Friday, March 30, 2012. For more information visit initiatives/campus-compact-awards-programs/. NERCHE’s annual Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty recognizes a faculty member who is pre-tenure and who connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement. The scholarship of engagement represents an integrated view of the faculty role in which teaching, research/creative activity, and service overlap and are mutually reinforcing. Nominations for the Lynton Nominations are due April 27, 2012. For more information visit

M A C C A m e r i C o r p s * V I S TA a n d C o m m u n i t y I m p a c t This year a new requirement was added to the MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA program; in addition to their work on college campuses, all VISTA members spend at least 25% of their time embedded in the community. The purpose of this change was two-fold: to ensure community representation in program development and to enable the MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA to better leverage campus resources for the community. The current VISTA corps has been ambitious in pioneering the new model, and the addition of dedicated community time has contributed much to their work. For example, Molly Totman, MACC AmeriCorps *VISTA at UMASS Amherst, has been spending one day a week at Nuestra Raices, a grass-roots organization that promotes economic, human and community development in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She explains that spending time at Nuestras Raices has allowed her “to have meaningful conversations about what is actually needed within the community and what campus resources could be leveraged to meet those needs.” Furthermore, she notes that her physical presence at Nuestras has given her the ability “to really see how the organization works and to truly decipher where students could fit in.” This new model for the MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA program has also raised questions about how MACC can provide additional support for campus-community partnerships, including: how do

campuses establish and develop community partnerships, and how can programs assess the impact of the VISTA’s time in the community? To assist campuses, MACC held a series of focus groups, with an emphasis on assessing the impact of a MACC VISTA’s time embedded in the community. These focus groups have provided valuable insight as MACC strives to develop new assessment tools for member campuses. By both focusing on strategic partnership and improving impact measures, MACC VISTA is finding new ways to engage with the community, and more effective ways to work towards the AmeriCorps*VISTA mission of alleviating poverty.

Online Resource Center: Education Pipeline

MACC members work with community partners on a broad array of education issues. These programs span the range from pre-school through adult education, and include tutoring, mentoring, college awareness and ESL, among others. Fundamental to this work is a clear recognition that access to a quality education is a core building block for engaged communities.

In recognition of the work MACC members are already doing, and the increasing importance of this work, MACC is focusing on a model that encapsulates the connections between higher education civic engagement programs and educational attainment. The model, called the PreK through Postsecondary Education Pipeline, is a way of conceptualizing the process as students move from preschool through high school, and on to pursue

postsecondary education opportunities, including college, adult education or pursuing a trade. The Education Pipeline includes three parts: Preparation focuses on helping students develop the skills and experiences they need to successfully move through the K-12 system.

Pursuit focuses on supporting students as they take their initial steps to set and pursue post-secondary education goals and includes awareness of post-secondary options, applying for financial aid and scholarships, navigating the application process and preparation for standardized tests. Persistence involves support for students currently enrolled in college, and might

involve peer-to-peer programming or incorporating support services for the college students involved into civic engagement programs. The Education Pipeline has served as a principal theme for MACC programming this year. Both our AmeriCorps*VISTA and AmeriCorps Student Leaders in Service programs focus on the education pipeline, and MACC is offering a year-long series of network meetings on subjects related to the pipeline. This focus continues in the spring, with two more network meetings, a regional event in New Hampshire and the presidential breakfast in June. MACC is especially excited to unveil the Education Pipeline Resource Center. The EPRC acts as an on-line hub of Continued on next page


“Pipeline� continued from page 3 information for those interested in the education pipeline, and will include both a variety of resources and spotlight programs run by member campuses.

Although the Resource Center is still in development, MACC is opening it to members on February 1, 2012. Members are encouraged to suggest resources and submit information about their own programs to be included on the site.

You can find more information about the Education Pipeline Resource Center, and how to submit resources, programs or feedback here:


ABOUT MACC 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 MEMBERS American International College Amherst College Anna Maria College Assumption College Atlantic Union College Babson College Bay Path College Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Bentley University* Berklee College of Music* Berkshire Community College* Boston University Brandeis University Bridgewater State University Bristol Community College Bunker Hill Community College Cape Cod Community College Clark University College of the Holy Cross Emerson College* Emmanuel College* Endicott College Fitchburg State University Greenfield Community College

Hampshire College* Harvard University Holyoke Community College Lasell College* Lesley University* Massachusetts Bay Community College Massachusetts College of Art & Design Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Massachusetts Institute of Technology Massasoit Community College Merrimack College Middlesex Community College* Mount Holyoke College* Mount Ida College Mount Wachusett Community College* New England Institute of Art North Shore Community College Northeastern University Northern Essex Community College Pine Manor College* Quinsigamond Community College Regis College* Roxbury Community College

Salem State University Signature Healthcare/Brockton Hospital School of Nursing Simmons College* Smith College Springfield College Stonehill College* Suffolk University* Tufts University* University of Massachusetts, Amherst* University of Massachusetts, Boston University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth University of Massachusetts, Lowell University of Massachusetts Medical School Wellesley College Wentworth Institute of Technology Western New England University Wheaton College* Wheelock College* Williams College Worcester State University

*denotes founding member


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