- Who We Are
As the only coalition that brings together the diverse collection of California colleges and universities together around a common commitment to higher education’s civic purposes, California Campus Compact is a powerful ally in making the case for civic engagement, public service and student involvement in campus-community partnerships – and for sustaining the momentum for higher education’s public service role in California.
History of Campus Compact and California Campus Compact
California Campus Compact is part of the national Campus Compact network and is one of 35 state Compact offices nationwide.
The national office of Campus Compact was founded in 1985 by the presidents of Brown, Georgetown and Stanford Universities and the president of the Education Commission of the States. In the mid-1980s, the media portrayed college students as materialistic and self-absorbed, more interested in making money than in helping their neighbors. The founding presidents of Campus Compact believed this public image was false; they noted many students on their campuses who were involved in community service and believed many others would follow suit with the proper encouragement and supportive structures. Campus Compact began with the goal of attracting 100 member campuses. Today, there are more than 1,100 member campuses nationally. They are supported by 35 state Compact offices nationwide, including California Campus Compact.
In 1988, California Campus Compact became one of the first two state Campus Compact offices formed (Pennsylvania was the other) to provide member campuses with local, state and regional support. Charles Young, who was then Chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles, and Donald Kennedy, who was then president of Stanford University, led the group that founded California Campus Compact. California Campus Compact has grown from 17 member campuses at its inception to close to 60 campuses today.
CACC was previously hosted at the University of California, Los Angeles, San Francisco State University and Sofia University.