National Resources

Campus Compact

Works with faculty and chief academic officers on linking community-based work with course content across disciplines. Campus Compact was an early leader in this movement, launching the Integrating Service with Academic Study (ISAS) project in 1989. Through publications, awards, conferences, and innovative programs, they continue to create groundbreaking ways to strengthen service-learning and engaged scholarship in the academy. BGSU has been a member of Campus Compact & Ohio Campus Compact since 1999.

Barbara A. Holland Collection for Service-Learning and Community Engagement

This collection is both uniquely retrospective and comprehensive, offering the worlds largest physical collection in the field. This internationally important collection features digital derivatives of materials originally collected by the National Service Learning Clearinghouse (NSLC) including: engagement research in higher education, K-12 schools, the community-based organization sector and Tribal Nations.

International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement

The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) is an international non-profit organization devoted to promoting research and discussion about service-learning and community engagement. The IARSLCE was launched in 2005, and incorporated in 2007.

New England Resource Center for Higher Education

The New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) is committed to collaborative change processes in higher education to address social justice in a diverse democracy.

As a center for inquiry, research, and policy, NERCHE supports administrators, faculty, and staff across the region in becoming more effective practitioners and leaders as they navigate the complexities of institutional innovation and change.

Course Development Resources

Toolkit for Service-Learning in Higher Education

This is an ideal starting place for faculty interested in developing or improving their service-learning or community based learning course experience. The topics covered include: Understanding Service-Learning; Establishing Community-Campus Partnerships for Service-Learning; Establishing and Assessing Course Objectives, Learner Outcomes, and Competencies; Planning Course Instruction and Activities; Selecting Texts and Other Learning Resources; Designing Course Evaluation and Improvement Plans; Building Course Infrastructure; Sustaining a Service-Learning Course; Practicing Culturally Competent Service-Learning; Pursuing Opportunities for Service-Learning Scholarship.

National Service-Learning Syllabi Database

A database of service-learning syllabi from a variety of disciplines.  The database was compiled by Campus Compact.  The database is searchable by discipline, and faculty are encouraged to submit syllabi for inclusion in the database.

Research Resources

Service-Learning Research Primer

This primer explores designing service-learning research, measurements of service-learning research, ethical issues in service-learning research, data analysis and interpretation resources, and resources for the dissemination of research results.


Engagement Scholarship Consortium (October)

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit educational organization, is composed of higher education member institutions, a mix of state-public and private institutions. Their goal is to work collaboratively to build strong university-community partnerships anchored in the rigor of scholarship, and designed to help build community capacity.

Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Annual Conference (October)

The CUMU Annual Conference draws more than 350 attendees. It is the largest nationwide meeting of leaders from urban and metropolitan based universities and colleges joining together to share best practices, discuss challenges, and develop collaborative networks to improve our institutions and cities. The conference draws a diverse attendance of college presidents and chancellors, senior academic and business leaders, faculty, center directors, community partners, K-12 leaders, and policy makers.

Assessment Institute (October)

The Assessment Institute in Indianapolis is the nation’s oldest and largest event focused exclusively on outcomes assessment in higher education and is designed to provide opportunities for:

  • individuals and campus teams new to outcomes assessment to acquire fundamental knowledge about the field
  • individuals who have worked as leaders in outcomes assessment to share and extend their knowledge and skills
  • those interested in outcomes assessment at any level to establish networks that serve as sources of support and expertise beyond the dates of the Institute
Annual Lynton Colloquium on the Scholarship of Engagement

Join New England Resource Center for Higher Education and the Center for Engaged Democracy to celebrate the national recipient of the 2015 Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty and to learn about findings from the 2015 Current Critical Issues in Community Engagement Research Projects. The critical issues--Leadership, Structures of Inclusion, and Student Outcomes--were identified during the 2014 Lynton Colloquium.

International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (November)

The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) is an international non-profit organization devoted to promoting research and discussion about service-learning and community engagement.

IMPACT Conference (February)

The IMPACT Conference is historically the largest annual conference focused on the civic engagement of college students in community service, service-learning, community-based research, advocacy and other forms of social action.

Ashoka U Exchange (February)

Ashoka U believes that colleges and universities, regardless of size or type or geographic location, can unlock student potential to be lifelong changemakers. The Exchange is devoted to advancing key conversations around a range of topics such as: fostering inclusive changemaker communities, reimagining the classroom experience, building community partnerships, creating student pathways for innovation, measuring the impact of changemaking, and pedagogy to cultivate changemakers, social entrepreneurs and social intrapreneurs in and through higher education.

Campus Compact Conference (March)

A special conference exploring the past, present, and future work of the Campus Compact network.

Connecting Campus with Communities Service-Learning Institute and Research Academy (May)  

The conference is a two-part event that focuses on building a network of scholars and practitioners and offers the following opportunities:

  • The Service Learning Institute is ideal for those interested in gaining strategies used to improve the quality of a service learning course
  • The Research Academy is designed to strengthen one's research on service learning while advancing their scholarship of teaching and learning
Association of American Colleges & Universities Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success

In conjunction with AAC&U’s LEAP Challenge and Centennial Year focus on the connections between high-quality liberal learning, equity, and inclusive excellence, the 2016 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success is designed to help campuses and systems make institution-wide changes that benefit all students.