In November 2015, Chancellor Rebecca Blank signed the Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Action Statement, which is a commitment to the public purposes of higher education. Their anniversary action statement concluded with a pledge to develop a Campus Civic Action Plan by March 20, 2017. The Chancellor’s office identified the Morgridge Center for Public Service as the lead unit for developing this plan for the UW-Madison campus.
The goal with creating the civic action plan was to identify ways to better support this work, eliminate barriers to it, and encourage new and inventive ways to conduct civic action and community engagement. The Morgridge Center recruited a committee of 16 campus and community members to put together this Action Plan over a 6 month period. The committee collectively interviewed more than 90 key stakeholders representing on- and off-campus communities while also collecting surveys from community members, faculty, staff and students.
The following plan lays out the goals that have the most promise for cultivating and supporting a culture of engagement on our campus that contributes in a positive fashion to significant public problems and at the same time best prepares our students for a future of productive contributions to the broader public good. These recommendations are listed order of priority, starting with the most urgent and necessary based on stakeholder feedback.