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Campus Wide Centers - Goals and Frameworks

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Campus Wide Centers 

Goals  |  Philosophies 


This section will help you, as a Bonner Program staff or faculty member, to understand and build the infrastructure, capacity, and managerial processes that can support the campus-wide engagement of students, faculty, staff, and the institution's assets. This section starts with goals, framework, and philosophies.



Several of the Bonner Program and Foundation's goals pertain specifically to changes in the campus or institution (i.e., infrastructure, policies, practices, and culture) as well as to higher education more broadly.


For the Campus:

    • To help recruit and retain a diverse group of students who might not otherwise be able to attend college.
    • To challenge and support the college to create a culture of service where the stated mission of service is translated in such a way that every student, faculty, and staff is encouraged to serve.
    • To support a core group of student leaders eager to build and strengthen the organizations on campus that promote a culture of service.
    • To support a core group of faculty members and professional staff who link the work of community engagement to the life of the college, in both curricular and co-curricular ways. 


For Higher Education:

    • To serve as a successful model to other colleges and universities which are interested in starting their own community service scholarship program.
    • To serve as a successful model for catalyzing and sustaining community engaged and public scholarship, including by students and faculty, in ways that build the capacity of communities. 
    • To form a consortium of diverse higher education institutions which share a common commitment to service.
    • To provide leadership to a nation searching for ways to value and include young people in meaningful acts of citizenship.



"Everybody Everyday" - Including Faculty and Institution 

The Bonner Program, as a powerful cohort of engaged student leaders, helps enable a campus to build a campus-wide culture and infrastructure for community engagement. On an engaged campus, many students, faculty, and staff will be involved day-to-day and over multiple years. To foster engagement with the community that is reciprocal, mutually beneficial, and responsible, campuses often need a center (or more than one) or office to play important leadership and management roles. 


Building a Culture and Infrastructure for Campus-Wide Engagement 

In order to build and sustain campus-wide engagement, the center and its leadership (including staff, faculty, and students) also need to collaborate with other departments and functional areas across the institution. These relationships and campus partnerships can help support a strong and well-resourced Bonner Program, but they can also ensure greater alignment and integration of service, community and civic engagement with other aspects of the institution’s mission, strategy, curriculum, and campus life. Below are some considerations by department.


Catalyzing Campus-Wide Student Engagement 

Student leadership, voice, and engagement lies at the core of the Bonner Program and Bonner Foundation's philosophy. This has always been a key goal and remains one – with the Bonner Program often serving as a catalyst for broader and deeper campus engagement.


Since the 1980s, student engagement in service has increased, according to a variety of sources like the annual HERI survey of students and annual surveys of campuses through Campus Compact. Still, some research and scholars (like the National Assessment of Student Community Engagement) of suggest that ongoing engagement of students may involve only a small proportion of students or be limited in its depth. 


Many students engage through clubs, organizations, ethnic centers, fraternities and sororities, and student government. With organizations like Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL) starting Into the Streets during the 1990s or Break Away helping campuses build alternative spring break trips, many campuses developed mechanisms for short-term immersions established like Orientation Service or annual trips.