Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Publications

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

A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s Future

Commissioned by the US Department of Education, this major report responds to a national discourse that effectively limits the mission of higher education to workforce preparation and training, while marginalizing disciplines basic to democracy. The task force exhorts educators and public leaders to advance an educational vision that would make civic learning and democratic engagement an expected part of undergraduate education. The report documents the nation’s anemic civic health and includes recommendations focused on campus culture, general education, and civic inquiry.

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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

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

This publication provides a broad overview of the vision for learning advanced through AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative. It includes an executive summary of the 2007 LEAP report, College Learning for the New Global Century; summaries of research about high-impact educational practices and student learning outcomes; summaries of trends in curricular, assessment, and general education reform; and data about the learning outcomes that employers value most.

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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

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

Informed by the work of the Bonner Foundation, this publication presents a developmental cocurricular model for civic learning and socially responsible leadership that has been implemented on seventy-seven college campuses. It describes key elements of the model, research on its impact on students, and emerging civic engagement minors that complement decades of work in student affairs.

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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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