If you find new ideas exciting or you want to learn more about the ideas you’ve harbored for decades, then colleges and universities help keep your life interesting. In many towns, the campus is the hub of social and cultural life, offering shows, concerts, and the excitement of high-intensity sports. And faculty, staff, and students often play important roles in supporting their communities by volunteering and contributing to the local economy. The Postsecondary Value Commission has noted that institutions can be “educators of change agents, equitable employers, and engaged community members.”

  • Colleges and universities offer activities that bring people together such as college football and basketball games or cultural programming such as art shows and concerts.
  • K-12 education systems benefit from the resources of a local college or university through the teachers and administrators that they graduate, as well as through arts and cultural events, mentoring, volunteers, and the ability to take advanced classes.
  • College and university communities provide support for students and an opportunity to connect with others who have similar hobbies or interests.
  • Colleges and universities attract people with energy, talent, and ideas to the community.
  • Colleges and universities are important employers in the community, offering steady work to people of all backgrounds, increasing economic prospects for everyone.

For additional resources:

Community Connection Stories

Everywhere You Look, UT

University of Tennessee System

CIFAL Honolulu Center

Chaminade University of Honolulu

The Way Forward

University of Texas at Arlington

Alaska Native Success

University of Alaska System

Helping Young Readers

University of Mississippi

Growing Nebraska’s Economy

University of Nebraska System

CSUB holding Basque concert, symposium

California State University, Bakersfield

Discovering new voices

Virginia Commonwealth University

Nathan Norman

Oakton Community College

Ensuring Our Return on Investment

University of North Carolina General Alumni Association