Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Publications

Diversity & Democracy, Fall 2012
Diversity & Democracy, Fall 2012

This issue of Diversity & Democracy highlights current research on the connections between civic engagement and student success, defined broadly across a range of outcomes. It shares civically engaged programs and related educational strategies that yield student success by a variety of measures.Read more

Liberal Education, Summer 2012
Liberal Education, Summer 2012

This issue presents highlights of the 2012 AAC&U annual meeting. Also included are articles on assessment reform as a means of facilitating innovation in science education, the current state and future prospects of the liberal arts college, and the importance of foreign language study.Read more

Civic Provocations
2012

Recognizing the urgent need for colleges and universities to address their civic mission and that of higher education, Civic Provocations features accessible, brief essays that consider dimensions of what “centering attention to the civic” might mean and involve. Civic Provocations provokes deepened consideration and campus conversations—both needed for designing actions required to realize a civic mission. The provocations are written by leading civic scholars and practitioners; the topics range from civic learning to action research; from global civics to civility; from curricula to civic pedagogy; and from theory to practices.

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This is the first in the five volume Civic Series of monographs being published by the Bringing Theory to Practice Project between 2012 and 2014.

Diversity & Democracy, Spring 2012
Diversity & Democracy, Spring 2012

This issue of Diversity & Democracy explores how the arts and humanities can enhance students' capacities for democratic participation within diverse and globally interconnected local and national communities.Read more

Liberal Education, Spring 2012
Liberal Education, Spring 2012

This issue examines underemphasized dimensions of diversity, new research about the links between student outcomes and campus practices that promote diversity and civic-mindedness, and the historical development of the notion of "civic virtue." Also included are articles on quantitative literacy, on the place of the arts in a liberal education, on how the goals of the LEAP initiative look from the perspective of a for-profit university, and on evidence-based problem solving.Read more

A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy's Future
2012

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This report from the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement calls on the nation to reclaim higher education's civic mission. Commissioned by the Department of Education and released at a White House convening in January 2012, the report pushes back against a prevailing national dialogue that limits the mission of higher education to workforce preparation and training while marginalizing disciplines basic to democracy. The Task Force calls on educators and public leaders to advance a twenty-first-century vision of college learning for all students—a vision with civic learning and democratic engagement an expected part of every student's college education. The report documents the nation's anemic civic health and includes recommendations for action that address campus culture, general education, and civic inquiry as part of major and career fields...

Liberal Education, Spring 2011
Liberal Education, Spring 2011

Drawing from a national symposium convened by the Bringing Theory to Practice project, this special issue examines the interrelatedness of civic engagement, psychosocial well-being, and engaged learning.Read more

The LEAP Vision for Learning: Outcomes, Practices, Impact, and Employers' Views
2011

This new publication outlines the LEAP vision for learning, bringing together multiple strands of LEAP work. It includes an executive summary of College Learning for the New Global Century; summaries of research about high-impact educational practices and learning outcomes; summaries of trends in curricular, assessment, and general education reform; and data about the outcomes that employers value in the college graduates they hire and promote. This summary is ideal as an introduction to AAC&U's LEAP (Liberal Education and America's Promise) initiative and its research for use with internal and external advocates of educational reform, including with curricular and student success committees, boards of trustees, and regents.

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Peer Review, Spring/Summer 2008
Peer Review, Spring/Summer 2008

Peer Review, Spring/Summer, 2008: This issue examines how the academy engages students in their learning today to help them grow as engaged citizens for tomorrow.

The Democracy Imperative (TDI) has developed a discussion guide (pdf) for campuses to use in conjunction with this issue. Written by Nancy L. Thomas, acting TDI director and an author in this issue, the guide was created for multiple uses―as a classroom teaching tool, a faculty development instrument, for use in strategic planning processes, and as a means to engage trustees in a discussion about the aims of higher education. The guide, Democratic and Political Learning, can be found on the TDI Web site.Read more

Civic Engagement at the Center: Building Democracy through Integrated Cocurricular and Curricular Experiences
2008

Informed by the work of the Bonner Foundation, Civic Engagement at the Center highlights developmental models for students’ civic learning and socially responsible leadership implemented at 77 campuses. The monograph describes key elements of the cocurricular model, research on its impact on students, and emerging civic engagement minors created to complement decades of work in student affairs.

Diversity & Democracy, Fall 2007

Global learning gives students the tools to engage ethically in an inter-dependent world, both at home in the U.S. and in international contexts. With the support of the Luce Foundation and the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, AAC&U’s Shared Futures: General Education for Global Learning project guides institutions through the process of globalizing education for all students.Read more

Peer Review, Summer, 2007
Peer Review, Summer 2007

Peer Review, Summer, 2007: The Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) project seeks to advance engaged student learning and determine how it might improve the quality of students’ education, development, health, and commitment to civic engagement. This issue provides a brief project overview as well as several campus examples that offer specific forms of engaged learning and how they are contributing to students’ health and well-being.Read more

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