Civic Responsibility: What Is the Campus Climate for Learning?
How well is the academy meeting its civic purpose today? Our nation's shared future depends on an educated and engaged citizenry, and civic engagement should be a learning goal for all college students. Civic Responsibility: What Is the Campus Climate for Learning?, the first of three reports from AAC&U's Core Commitments initiative, provides insights about the civic commitments and practices of today's colleges and universities. It presents findings from a unique campus climate assessment tool—administered in 2007 to 24,000 students and 9,000 academic administrators, faculty, and student affairs professionals at twenty-three colleges and universities—and assesses the perceptions of these four constituent groups regarding campus opportunities for contributing to a larger community. The survey includes questions about the importance of campus learning, the degree to which students are encouraged to develop civic awareness and skills, and practices that advance students' civic commitments. Civic Responsibility is ideal for on-campus and campus-community discussions about the aims of education and civic engagement. The second report from AAC&U's Core Commitments initiative is Developing a Moral Compass: What Is the Campus Climate for Ethics and Academic Integrity? The third report is Engaging Diverse Viewpoints: What Is the Campus Climate for Perspective-Taking? Both reports are available now.