About HIPICC

About Hawai’i Pacific Island Campus Compact

The Hawaii Pacific Islands Campus Compact is a state affiliate of National Campus Compact, an organization of college and university presidents in the state established to enhance the links between their respective colleges and universities and their local communities. The members of the compact are dedicated to enhancing students’ sense of personal and social responsibility, citizenship and awareness of the unique communities and peoples of Hawaii, American Samoa and the Pacific basin, while reinvigorating higher educations concern for improving the quality of life in our society.

Who We Are:

Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents—representing some 6 million students—who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. As the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, Campus Compact promotes public and community service that develops students’ citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships, and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum. Campus Compact’s membership includes public, private, two- and four-year institutions across the spectrum of higher education.

Campus Compact comprises a national office based in Boston, MA, and state affiliates in CA, CT, FL, HI, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD-DC, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, Mountain West, NE, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, UT, VT, WA, WI, and WV.

Mission:

Campus Compact advances the public purposes of colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility

Vision:

Campus Compact envisions colleges and universities as vital agents and architects of a diverse democracy, committed to educating students for responsible citizenship in ways that both deepen their education and improve the quality of community life. We challenge all of higher education to make civic and community engagement an institutional priority.

History:

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 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.