Community Engagement Professional Credentialing Program

April 30, 2019

New program offers professional certification for civic and community engagement professionals

April 29 – BOSTON – Campus Compact today launched its Community Engagement Professional Credentialing Program, the first such program for higher education civic and community engagement professionals.

“Campus Compact is launching this credentialing program because we believe the work of higher education Community Engagement Professionals matters,” said Campus Compact President Andrew Seligsohn. “It matters enough that it’s worth supporting professionals to help them do their work well–reflectively, ethically, and effectively. We also believe supporting CEPs as they build their own competencies will help higher education colleagues and community partners understand the value of CEPs and the importance of the knowledge and skills they bring to their campuses and communities.”

To earn certification as a Campus Compact community engagement professional, the program will require applicants to earn micro-credentials across a range of topics. Applicants can earn individual micro-credentials by submitting materials that demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and experience in that topic. Each micro-credential application will be evaluated based on a set of key competencies that were determined and vetted by a committee of content area experts. The competency areas themselves draw from the work of Lina Dostilio and Campus Compact Fellows in The Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education.

The first two micro-credentials of the program, Community Engagement Fundamentals and Community Partnerships, are available to earn now. Descriptions of micro-credentials, submission requirements, and links to applications can be found online at Ultimately, 15 micro-credentials will be available and will be launched on a rolling basis. Guidelines for earning the full Community Engagement Professional credential will be released in the coming months. For more information, visit

Campus Compact is a national coalition of 1000+ colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. Campus Compact supports institutions in fulfilling their public purposes by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. As the largest national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, we provide professional development to administrators and faculty to enable them to engage effectively, facilitate national partnerships connecting campuses with key issues in their local communities, build pilot programs to test and refine promising models in engaged teaching and scholarship, celebrate and cultivate student civic leadership, and convene higher education institutions and partners beyond higher education to share knowledge and develop collective capacity. Visit


Clayton A. Hurd, Hurd, Ph.D., Director, Professional Learning
Phone: (617) 553-5545
Email: churd {at} compact(.)org

Molly Leiper, Communications Manager
Phone: (857) 317-4096
Email: mleiper {at} compact(.)org