November 8 , 2002
UW-RF Becomes Wisconsin Campus Compact Member
UW-River Falls was one of 27 Wisconsin colleges and universities to sign a charter as a founding member of the Wisconsin Campus Compact, an association of college and university presidents. Its mission is to promote service that develops students' citizenship skills and values, encourages campus-community partnerships, and assists faculty members who seek to integrate public and community engagement into their teaching and research.
As one of 28 state Campus Coalitions, WisCC will be connected to a growing network of more than 750 colleges and universities committed to providing leadership and support for service learning and community service on member campuses. The activities the coalition generates will benefit both the students and the larger community and ensure a well-educated citizenry.
Said Chancellor Ann Lydecker, "There are a number of compelling reasons for the University to pursue the goals of the Campus Compact. The Compact will strengthen the bond between the University and the community; provide practical, community-based experience for students; and reinforce the University's importance to students, to communities, and to the state as a whole."
Lydecker said that as a member of WisCC, UW-RF will serve as an ambassador for higher education, communicating regularly with legislators, corporations, foundations, community-based organizations and the media. It will gain from assistance in the retention of students, multicultural education, community relations and workforce development.
WisCC will provide professional development and technical assistance services such as workshops for faculty and resource lists. It will attract funds for the University to initiate or enhance community service projects, integrate service into the curriculum or make particular service projects possible, and build partnerships between institutions of higher education and other sectors.
The 27 Wisconsin colleges and universities participating as Wisconsin Campus Compact founding members include private colleges, UW-System institutions and Wisconsin Technical Colleges.
The private colleges are Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, Carthage College, Edgewood College, Lakeland College, Lawrence University, Marian College, Marquette University, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Northland College, Ripon College and Wisconsin Lutheran College.
Participating UW-System institutions include UW-Colleges, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Extension, UW-Green Bay, UW-LaCrosse, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Whitewater. Gateway Technical College, Madison Area Technical College and Waukesha County Technical College are the three Wisconsin technical colleges that are founding members of WisCC.
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