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Tennessee Academic Civic Engagement Program (TACEP)


Objectives The Corporation for National and Community Service/Learn and Serve America goals met through TACEP:

  • Ensuring a Brighter Future For All of America's Youth
  • Engaging Students in Their Communities

TACEP will address these goials by expanding upon service-learning and community service to improve academic performance through three objectives:

  • Enhance mentoring outreach at three public, high-poverty, low-performing high schools in Nashville, Davidson County, through the Vanderbilt Mentoring Model
  • Train faculty and staff in expanding the service-learning curriculum in Tennessee community colleges to enhance mentoring outreach to area high schools through the Vanderbilt Mentoring Model
  • Institutionalize service-learning in the state through a shared commitment to the civic mission of higher education by developing a tennessee Campus Compact

TACEP will build upon proven strategies highlighted through Vanderbilt's service-learning initiatives over the past three decades; these have earned it the rank of 19th service-learning university in the nation.


Three-year targets for high school mentoring academic engagement:

  • At least 190 at-risk youth will have completed a regular high school diploma
  • At least 160 will have completed and sumitted postsecondary admission and financial aid applications
  • At least 145 will have been accepted to a postsecondary institution

Three-year targets for community college service-learning curriculum integration:

  • At least 148 community college faculty and staff will have been trained to integrate service-learning into at least 70 existing or new courses
  • At least 1,000 community college service-learners and community service students will utilize the VU mentoring model to improve the academic performance of low-performing high school youth through institutionalized service-learning courses

Three-year targets for the Tennessee Campus Compact:

  • Establish governing structure: Presidents' Council, Executive Committee, Advisory Council, Executive Director, and Staff
  • Generate funding sources: host site, membership dues, legislative allocation, and public and private sponsorships
  • Serve and the mechanism and incentive for member campuses to share and promote best practices in service-learning as an innovative higher education academic pedagogy

Project Partners

  • Learn and Serve America supports and encourages service-learning throughout the United States, and enables over one million students to make meaningful contributions to their communities, while building their academic and civic skills. By engaging our nation's young people in service-learning, Learn and Serve Americ instills an ethic of lifelong community service.  
  • Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,000 college and university presidents dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement, and service-learning in higher education.
  • Corporation for National and Community Service was created to connect Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to their communities and their nation. The Corporation manages Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America.