Emily Roberson, a young adult on the autism spectrum, works with a recreational therapy dog from PAWS 4 LIFE.

As a member of the Campus Compact coalition, Western Carolina University was charged with coming up with a Civic Action Plan aimed at framing the alignment and partnership that exists between WCU as a community-engaged regional comprehensive university and Campus Compact as a leader for advancing and supporting the public purpose of higher education.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,000 colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. With a goal of building democracy through civic education and community development, the coalition is based in Boston with state and regional Campus Compacts providing support to its member institutions throughout the country.

The Civic Action Plan went into effect this fall and will run through July 2020. It was developed by a committee comprised of representatives of WCU’s student body, faculty, administrative staff and the community, said Lane Perry, director of WCU’s Center for Service Learning.

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Originally published November 8, 2017.

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