Towson University values collaboration and networking opportunities among similar higher education organizations. TU is a member of several organizations committed to community engagement including:
Towson University is a member of the national Campus Compact organization, as well as Maryland - D.C. Campus Compact (MDCCC). The national organization is a coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents and represents over 6 million students. According to the Campus Compact website, the organization “promotes public and community service that develops students’ citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships, and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum” (Campus Compact, 2011). Maryland - D.C. Campus Compact, established in 2008, is made up of 28 public and private universities across the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. It seeks to promote the values of engagement both locally and globally. MDCCC is also a way for higher education institutions in Maryland and Washington, D. C. to research and share best practices.
The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU)
The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) was founded in 1990 by leaders of urban and metropolitan universities who realized the unique challenges and opportunities of their institutions. CUMU uses the power of its institutions in education, research, and service to enhance the communities in which they are located. CUMU members use conferences, a journal, research projects, a policy agenda, and networking opportunities to support their distinct missions.
The American Democracy Project within the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
The American Democracy Project (ADP) was started in 2003 as a multi-campus initiative focused on the role of higher education in preparing the next generation of informed and engaged citizens. The ADP aims to produce graduates who are committed to being active in their communities. The ADP has hosted national and regional meetings, conducted a national assessment project, and facilitated hundreds of campus initiatives, such as voter registration, speaker series, and award programs.