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07/21/2011

South Carolina Campus Compact Welcomes Greenville Tech as New Member

Quick Facts

 S.C. Campus Compact is a growing coalition of colleges and universities committed to the promotion of community service, service-learning, and civic engagement.
 The compact is an organization of college and university presidents, whose members include two-year and four-year, public and private higher education institutions throughout South Carolina.

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Kim Keel
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Greenville Technical College has become a member of South Carolina Campus Compact, an organization that promotes service-learning curricula and civic engagement activities in higher education.

S.C. Campus Compact is a growing coalition of colleges and universities committed to the promotion of community service, service-learning and civic engagement. S.C. Campus Compact is an organization of college and university presidents, whose members include two-year and four-year, public and private higher education institutions throughout South Carolina.

Prior to Greenville Technical College joining the organization, S.C. Campus Compact served 202,182 students on 14 member campuses. With the inclusion of Greenville Tech’s four campuses, the coalition has grown by nearly 15,000 students – more than a 10% increase.

“We are so pleased about the inclusion of Greenville Technical College in the S.C. Campus Compact network and look forward to the diversity and expertise this strong community college will bring to our mission of service learning and civic engagement,” said Anthony J. DiGiorgio, president of Winthrop University and chair of the Presidents’ Council of S.C. Campus Compact.

Keith Miller, president of Greenville Tech, agrees. “Greenville Tech is known for its caring instructors. Now we can take our culture of caring into the community. Service learning makes sense for Greenville Technical College; it helps people prepare for real-world opportunities and impact our most urgent local challenges. S.C. Campus Compact will definitely help us reach our goals as an institution of higher learning.”

Recently, college campuses nationwide have begun a heightened focus on service learning and civic engagement. The concept of service learning is simple: it is an intentional student learning process through civic engagement and service with community partners. Through service learning curricula, colleges foster civic responsibility, help make coursework more meaningful and memorable through real-world application, and build the relationship between the college and the community.

S.C. Campus Compact is a higher education-based membership organization, located and hosted by Winthrop University and works with university administrators, staff and faculty at member institutions to develop both curricular and co-curricular service learning and civic engagement activities in the classroom.

“S.C. Campus Compact promotes transformative change at universities from the ‘town/gown’ culture to strategic partnerships between the higher education institution and the community,” said Kim Keel, executive director of the compact. “By incorporating service learning and civic engagement into both curricular and co-curricular activities, students are learning leadership skills, decision-making skills and civic responsibility.”

Member Presidents
James F. Barker

Clemson University

P. George Benson
College of Charleston

David A. DeCenzo

Coastal Carolina University

Anthony J. DiGiorgio

Winthrop University

Benjamin B. Dunlap

Wofford College

Elizabeth A. Fleming

Converse College 



Jairy C. Hunter, Jr.
Charleston Southern University

Keith Miller
Greenville Technical College

Harris Pastides
University of South Carolina 



Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa
The Citadel

David H. Swinton

Benedict College

Henry N. Tisdale
Claflin University 



Jane T. Upshaw

University of South Carolina- Beaufort 



Marshall White, Jr.
Midlands Technical College 



Caroline Whitson

Columbia College

For more information about S.C. Campus Compact, or the recent addition of Greenville Technical College as a member, contact Kim Keel at 803/323-3936 or at keelk@winthrop.edu.

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