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FSU Leaders Represent Frostburg at Maryland-DC Campus Compact Presidents’ Institute
11/13/2013

FSU Leaders Represent Frostburg at Maryland-DC Campus Compact Presidents’ Institute
FSU students dig and frame out a foundation for a new Habitat for Humanity house in New Orleans earlier this year. President Jonathan Gibralter discussed service initiatives like this one at the recent Maryland-DC Campus Compact Presidents’ Institute.

Focus on Better “Cradle to Career” Education Through Community Engagement

Frostburg State University President Jonathan Gibralter discussed FSU’s experiential education focus at the Maryland-DC Campus Compact (MDCCC) Presidents’ Institute on Oct. 30, as part of a presidential panel that spoke to regional university leaders who are involved in and committed to civic engagement, as they focused on improving education for youths from cradle to career.

He was joined at the Presidents’ Institute by Dr. Tom Bowling, FSU’s vice president for Student & Educational Services, and nearly 300 higher education, K-12, business, nonprofit, government and community partners – including more than 20 university presidents, chancellors and executive leaders – who met to talk about how communities can work together to make advancements through education, particularly high school completion, college access and college completion.

Gibralter shared information about FSU’s commitment to international education, global community building and Frostburg students’ contributions to and involvement with organizations such as the Clinton Global Initiative and Habitat for Humanity.

“It is such an honor to be with people who care so deeply about working with students who are involved with their communities to make a difference,” said Gibralter, a member of the MDCCC Executive Board. “Frostburg State has led the way for years with civic engagement with our ECHOSTARS and AmeriCorps programs, and we are one of the founding member campuses of the MDCCC. As we have come to focus upon experiential education as part of our brand identity, it is even more evident that we should be involved in the largest campus compact in the U.S.”

This year’s Presidents’ Institute celebrated the inauguration of a broad collective impact initiative called CONNECTS: Communities Organizing Networks Now to Engage Citizens Through Service. By working toward a set of common goals, this partnership aims to increase student success from cradle to career and yield improved education and community outcomes. CONNECTS will create and enhance student learning through service at both the college and K-12 level. The Institute marked the largest collective impact discussion leaders in the region have undertaken, according to MDCCC.

“Presidents … are responsible for shaping the culture of higher education to fulfill the civic and public purposes of higher education,” said Madeline Yates, MDCCC executive director. “As leaders, they can bring to bear on issues of the commons, the tremendous resources of higher education – which can then be magnified and multiplied through partnerships with the community. Larger issues in our communities, such as high school completion, access to college and college completion, are not created by one single entity, therefore can never be ‘solved’ by one entity alone. Gatherings like the Maryland-DC Campus Compact’s Presidents’ Institute are essential to catalyzing a larger conversation – bringing diverse entities to the table to collectively address issues in our communities.”

MDCCC is a consortium of higher education institutions committed to collaboratively addressing local and global community issues through student service, civic engagement, academically based service-learning and campus-community partnerships.

For more information, call MDCCC at 301-696-3280 or visit www.mdccc.org.

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