Each team applying to the Institute is asked to develop a clear and concise response addressing the following components and questions. We have suggested a word length below for the various elements of the narrative statement.
What has motivated your department to embed civic learning or questions about the public good within your specific undergraduate major? (500 words)
Where is your Department Now:
What is working well in your current design for your department? Which aspects of your success might be valuable to other participants at the institute? (400 words)
Your Goals for Institute:
What are you hoping to do next to enrich your department’s current design to foster social responsibility and the public good that might be supported by your team’s participation in the one-day institute? (400 words)
What would you specifically like to discuss with other teams and consultants? (300 words)
What is your rationale for choosing the members of your campus team? What roles do you envision each person playing in implementing your curricular plans on campus? How will your team structure influence the work done after the Institute? (400 words)
Optional Letter of Support from Departmental Chair or Dean:
Having the formal backing of one’s chair for an institute like this one can often deepen the short- and long-range implementation process. We therefore encourage each team to consider the value of including a short letter from your departmental chair or another administrator of your choice explaining why this team is being supported to attend AAC&U’s “Civic Prompts in the Major” institute. This is optional. If included, the letter can be embedded in the application link provided.
Applications will be judged on the extent to which the Institute can assist the applying department with its project goals. More than one departmental team may apply from the same institution. Please note: If accepted to the institute, departmental teams will be required to continue to refine their goals and implementation plans in consultation with their departmental colleagues to maximize the impact of attending the institute. AAC&U will also provide teams with a few select, recommended reading ahead of time.