Call for Proposals: Service in a Civil Society

Posted by on January 07, 2013

The Community College National Center for Community Engagement is happy to announce it is now accepting pre-conference and workshop proposals for its 22nd Annual International Conference to be held on May 22 – 24, 2013 at the DoubleTree paradise Valley Resort in Scottsdale, AZ.

The theme for the conference is: “Service in a Civil Society: Transformational Leaders for Shared Values and Collective Impact.”

For complete details on conference and Call for Proposal, please visit our website at

One of our keynote speakers will be Mr. Jeff Cohen of FSG, Inc. Jeff Cohen has more than ten years of experience advising private and community foundations, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and corporations on strategy, program design, and evaluation. At FSG, Jeff has led a variety of engagements encompassing strategic planning, education program strategy, evaluation, business planning, and program development. He spends much of his time working on U.S. education issues and has co-authored a number of FSG white papers on financial aid and its role in helping students complete their post-secondary education. Jeff has also worked extensively with place-based funders. Prior to joining FSG, Jeff was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he served companies in the telecommunications industry as well as education organizations. Jeff graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Classics and received an MA in Classics from Yale University and an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

In addition, Ms Gail Robinson, Senior Advisor to the Community College National Center for Community Engagement and Ms. Lori Moog, Director of Service Learning and Community Outreach, Raritan Valley Community College will be conducting a pre-conference on “Preparing for the 2015 Elective Carnegie Classification on Community Engagement”


Since 2006, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected 311 colleges and universities for its elective classification on community engagement. The classification provides an established level of legitimacy, accountability, public recognition, and visibility. It can be a catalyst for efforts to improve teaching and learning through curricular connections to community-based problem-solving, as well as a tool for institutional benchmarking, self-assessment, and self-study.

If your college is planning to apply for the 2015 classification, this is a don’t-miss opportunity.

This workshop features some of the 20 community colleges that have received the designation. Learn how much time you need to plan for the process, including meetings, data- and information-gathering, and organizing and writing the application itself. Discover why and how to use the classification to benefit your service learning and community engagement initiatives. Consider how to improve your practice in assessment, reciprocal partnerships, faculty rewards, and integration and alignment with other institutional initiatives. Presenters will work with workshop participants to help craft competitive applications.  Colleges intending to apply for the 2015 classification may request an application between May 1, 2013, and July 1, 2013. Applications are due on April 14, 2014. An application fee of $300 must be paid when requesting an application. Colleges that received the classification in 2006 or 2008 will need to reapply to maintain the classification. Colleges that received the classification in 2010 retain their status until 2020.  The next opportunity to apply for the community engagement classification will be in 2020.

We look forward to receiving your proposals and most of all seeing you all in May in sunny Arizona.

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