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Middlesex Community College
civic engagement of students, as one of only 13 colleges in
the nation to be studied as a model of exemplary practices of
civic engagement. "We were among the first community
colleges to join Campus Compact," said Cowan. "And now
it's a huge initiative on the state and national level."
In 2013, MCC was named as one of five U.S. community
colleges and the only one in Massachusetts to
participate in a national initiative supporting civic learning
and democratic engagement by the National Association of
Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Student
Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.
Additionally, MCC has been named to the President's Higher
Education Community Service Honor Roll since its launch in
2006. The Honor Roll recognizes colleges and universities
nationwide that support innovative and effective community
service and service-learning programs.
Cowan credits the growth and success of MCC's
Service-Learning Program to the leadership of the faculty
and deans. "The Service-Learning Program is a wonderful
shared value and a shared commitment from the academic
leadership of the college," said Cowan.
"Faculty members saw that many college administrators
served on many community boards and saw the opportunity
to show students that Service-Learning is a way to be a
real participant and not just an observer in their community,"
explained Cowan. "I can't credit them enough for finding a
way to integrate service into coursework. It has helped
students learn more and has led many of them to make
different career decisions and to get involved in their
community in different ways."
As for the future of Service-Learning, Cowan would like to see
continued and expanded work in Service-Learning and civic
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