PACC/NYCC Engagement Academy

Posted by Pennsylvania Campus Compact on June 13, 2016

The PACC/NYCC Engagement Academy will be held at Wilkes University in 2017. The academy is a professional and institutional development event where campus teams work intensely for 2.5 days supported by instruction and mentoring from top scholars, leaders and practitioners in the field of community engagement.

The goal for each team is to create a clear action plan designed to deepen institutional commitment to and capacity for high quality community engagement. Pre-work helps team identify specific challenges and goals for their campus. At each stage of the Academy, participants learn new concepts and then craft components of their action plan to improve the alignment of engagement strategies with their institutional mission and goals.

Team members return to their campuses with their action plan and new leadership skills to support successful implementation.


The program reflects a curriculum of core modules such as:

  • Tying public engagement to institutional priorities
  • Leading strategic change
  • Leading external & internal partnerships
  • Leading resource development

And topical modules such as:

  • Carnegie Community Engagement classification application
  • Leading monitoring and measuring collective impact

Who should attend?

We recommend that each institution shape their team according to the goal identified in the pre-work. This may relate to a goal already identified in a strategic plan or program priority at the institution or some other urgent priority or challenge that could be supported and enhanced by community engagement; or it can relate to the advancement of engagement itself in some dimension or related to other goals. Whatever the goal the institution should send a team that aligns with the desired outcome of the experience. We suggest the team be led by someone with some role authority related to the focus topic, and 3 or more other people who are at diverse levels and play diverse roles related to the topic or goal. These might include people with relevant management positions, practitioners, faculty and/or partners or students…it all depends on your topic. Teams of 3 or more are most successful because of the breadth of perspective and creative thinking.

Registration Information:

$1800 for a team of 3 and $500 for every additional member; open to Campus Compact members only. Registration will open later this summer which will also include hotel reservation information.

Recommended teams will consist of key upper-level institutional decision-makers, administrators, and faculty involved in community engagement: provosts, academic deans, community engaged faculty (with tenure), center directors. For additional information or questions, contact Char Gray: 717-571-0326 or

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