Austin, TX (PRWEB) May 18, 2011
Texas Campus Compact, an Austin-based statewide coalition of higher education institutions with service learning programs, has announced the kickoff of its 2011-12 membership drive. Currently, more than 70 Texas higher education institutions are Texas Campus Compact members, receiving a broad range of support and resources to help those members coordinate their service learning programs. The organization was founded 10 years ago specifically to promote and advance service learning in Texas, and is hosted by the University of Texas System.
Texas Campus Compact is part of a greater national coalition, Campus Compact, which was founded in 1985 by the presidents of Brown, Georgetown and Stanford Universities and the president of the Education Commission of the States, now involving more than 1100 higher education institutions representing more than 6 million students.
“This is an exciting time to be involved in service learning in Texas and we encourage colleges and universities which are not Texas Campus Compact members to join and utilize the range of resources we provide,” said Patricia Potyka, Executive Director of Texas Campus Compact. “We’re particularly interested in making sure that parents of college students encourage their campuses to join, that students encourage their presidents to join and that the Texas Legislature knows about this innovative teaching strategy that is positively impacting educational reform and retention rates in Texas."
Potyka also notes that the addition of MyTexasHelps.org, scheduled to launch this summer, will provide another useful benefit for current as well as new members. MyTexasHelps.org is a website that will facilitate connections between service learning students and Texas organizations and entities looking to utilize service learning students.
Texas Campus Compact benefits each members' students, educators, and marketing teams in a variety of ways, including:
- The Texas Campus Compact Students in Service program, which provides participating students with educational grants in return for service, and provides schools with tools to promote and leverage their participation in the program
- Service learning scholarships available exclusively to students at Texas Campus Compact schools
- Free monthly webinars geared specifically toward service learning educators
- Membership, for a representative from each Texas Campus Compact school, on a statewide advisory council that shares best practices and other information
- Funding to host regional conferences and institute on-campus service learning councils
- Preparation for Carnegie classification in service learning
- Texas' first-ever certification program for service learning
- Publication opportunities for faculty in The Compact Impact, Texas Campus Compact's annual journal
- A bi-annual conference for community service learning professionals
- Workshops and service learning days and specialized training for you faculty
- Marketing each campus’ best practices and other highlights in our TC2 YOU statewide newsletter
- A team of Austin-based professionals providing public relations, public affairs, and marketing support for Texas Campus Compact member schools to promote participating in programs, scholarship winners, and other initiatives related to Texas Campus Compact membership.
Higher education institutions interested in joining Texas Campus Compact can contact Potyka by email at patricia(at)texascampuscompact(dot)org or by phone at 512.579.5022.
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