In this turbulent and dynamic century, our nation’s diverse democracy and interdependent global community require a more informed, engaged, and socially responsible citizenry. Both educators and employers agree that personal and social responsibility should be core elements of a 21st century education if our world is to thrive. Currently such learning is optional for some students rather than expected of all. A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future (2012) describes what a civic-minded institution looks like, how campuses can advance this vision across domains, and what pathways have already been forged by pioneering campuses. Such educational innovations include, community-based service and research, powerful civic pedagogies and collective civic problem-solving, global learning focused on real-world challenges, diversity programs that promote learning across differences, well delineated curricular pathways, integration of student and academic affairs, and advancing collaborative, generative partnerships that teach students how systems work and can be changed. See the 2012-2014 update on how A Crucible Moment has been a catalyst for civic commitments. Through projects and publications, AAC&U builds national awareness of civic and democratic learning and supports campus capacity for those outcomes that are essential for life, work, and citizenship in the 21st century. This effort is part of AAC&U’s ongoing commitment to help all students achieve the essential outcomes of a quality liberal education.