Application Form -

Civic Prompts in the Major: Designs in Social Responsibility and the Public Good 

March 6, 2020
George Washington University
In Cooperation with the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service
800 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
Application Deadline and Fees:
Applications must be received by December 16, 2019.
Notification regarding acceptance will be sent to teams by January 6, 2020.
The minimum team size is three people.
There is no registration fee for accepted departmental teams to attend.


You cannot save any part the application form and complete it at a later date, so please be sure to have all team member information on hand and your completed narrative in a word document before you begin to fill out the application. If you would like to add a fourth or fifth team member, please include their name, title, discipline, and email in the "other information" section. Questions may be directed to Carol-lynn Swol at or Caryn McTighe Musil at

Institution/Organization Information
Team Leader's Information
Narrative Statement

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.

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.

Selection Criteria:
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.

Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.

Click below to submit your application. If successfully submitted, the Team Leader will receive an email confirming receipt of the application.