Community college presidents convene at Vanderbilt to discuss service learning

Community college presidents from across Tennessee will convene at Vanderbilt University Feb. 13 to discuss service learning. The event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the First Amendment Center, 1207 18th Ave. South. It is closed to the public. Media are welcome to attend.

“Tennessee‘s community colleges are on the front lines of higher education and community service in our state,” Mani Hull, conference organizer and founding executive director of the Tennessee Campus Compact, said. “We‘re delighted to welcome their presidents to the Vanderbilt campus to discuss strategies for how we can work together to help students enhance their education and their communities through service learning.”

The purpose of the annual half-day conference is to discuss strategies to make academic service learning part of the curriculum and culture at community colleges. Linda Doran and David Sevier, Tennessee Higher Education Commission policy officers, will be special guests at the event. The conference is part of the Learn and Serve America Tennessee Academic Civic Engagement Program.

Vanderbilt graduate students will be paired up with each of the presidents – from 13 community colleges and one private, two-year college – to work with them to develop service learning curriculum and opportunities on their campuses.

The event is part of the development of the Tennessee Campus Compact, a state entity that will leverage resources and promote academic service learning, community service and civic engagement statewide. Development of the compact is being coordinated by the Vanderbilt Child and Family Policy Center in partnership with Tennessee State University and other public and private postsecondary institutions across Tennessee.

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