Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin was one of eight chancellors and presidents who recently signed the Indiana Campus Compact Presidential Commitment.
Indiana Campus Compact is a partnership between 42 Indiana college and university campuses dedicated to preparing college students to advance the public good in their communities. In total, 34 presidents and chancellors representing the 42 partner campuses will sign the commitment this year.
The Presidential Commitment pledges that each university will provide leadership and service to help advance the public good in local communities and across the state.
“Higher education has a tremendous ability to improve community life and educate students for civic and social responsibility,” said Dworkin. “Service learning, volunteerism and community service have become a very important part of a well-rounded college education.
“PNC students willingly give their time and talents to a number of worthwhile projects every year. This not only provides immeasurable benefit to our community, but helps students learn the self-fulfilling private good that comes from the experience of helping others. We’ve found that students who volunteer in their communities build a lifestyle of helping that stays with them throughout their adult lives.”
Indiana Campus Compact Executive Director J.R. Jamison noted that “Indiana Campus Compact works as an agent of change on behalf of its member campuses to advance citizenship and service as critical components of the higher learning experience connecting their intellectual growth, knowledge of their disciplines and vocations and their commitments to the greater good.”
The Presidential commitment declaration reads:
“As a partnership of presidents and chancellors from Indiana’s public and private colleges and universities, we agree to be an active collective that challenges all of higher education to continuously re-envision its role in and with the communities that we serve, for the public good.
“We will work as agents of change to advance citizenship and service as critical components of the higher learning experience, so that our students graduate as well-informed, engaged and productive members of society, who are fully enabled to provide leadership and service that advances the public good in their communities.
“It is through our compact that we agree to promote, support and advance the work of campus and community engagement in the dynamic environment of 21st-Century society.”