Engaged Campus of the Year Award
The Michigan Engaged Campus of the Year Award recognizes institutions of higher education for exemplary commitment to being an “engaged campus.” Applicants will be judged according to criteria expressed in Campus Compact’s Indicators of Engagement. Nominations for the 2014 award are now closed.
As you may be aware, MiCC tried something a little different with the Engaged Campus process last year by making two awards; one to a two-year institute and one to a four-year institution. The rationale behind this approach was to "level the playing field" - some in the network perceived that a two-year institution would never be competitive with a four-year institution.
After careful thought and reflection, we have decided to return to the past practice of awarding ONE Engaged Campus Award per year. The practical reality is that we simply do not have enough campuses currently in our network to continue with two awards annually. What happens when (theoretically) all of our campuses in one category have "won"? Do we start over? Do we end the award? How often can one school apply and/or win? You can imagine where the conversation goes from here...
Our approach for the 2014 Award and moving forward will be this:
1. We will present ONE Engaged Campus Award per year
2. We will emphasize that our reviewers consider the geographic, financial, and programmatic realities of each campus and measure their performance in terms of their individual potential: we will benchmark each campus against themselves, not against others. Who is making the absolute best of the resources and opportunities they have?
3. We will be reviewing all awards over the next several months to refine application criteria and selection processes, ensuring clarity and striving for equity among applicants.
Lastly, we have been asked if we will notify the winner in advance of the Engaged Campus Award presentation. The Giving & Volunteering planning committee has decided to build consistency among the many awards presented at the event, which will result in a more streamlined program. As a result, we will identify a sole winner of the Engaged Campus Award (no finalist); the winner will be contacted approximately two weeks prior to the event. We are hopeful that the winning campus can send several representatives to the Giving & Volunteering Celebration for recognition and to receive the award. If the winning campus chooses, MiCC staff will schedule an appointment to make an on-campus presentation to the President or other staff as requested.
We hope this provides some clarity. We continue to learn and evolve and we appreciate your patience along this journey!
Robin, Mel and Shelley
Michigan Campus Compact Team
Click here for the questions that are asked during the online process. ONLY ONLINE applications will be accepted. Please do NOT submit this form - it will not be accepted. Thank you for understanding.
Congratulations to the 2013 Engaged Campus of the Year awardees:
| Delta College 2 year winner
Northern Michigan University
4 year winner
2012 Engaged Campus of the Year Award winner: University of Michigan-Flint
2013 Honorable Mention: Ferris State University
2012 honorable mentions: Kellogg Community College & Michigan State University