In this turbulent and dynamic century, our nation’s diverse democracy and interdependent global community require a more informed, engaged, and socially responsible citizenry. Both educators and employers agree that personal and social responsibility should be core elements of a 21st century college education if our world is to thrive. Currently such learning is optional for some college students rather than expected of all. A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future (2012) describes what a civic-minded institution looks like, how campuses can advance this vision across domains, and what pathways have already been forged by pioneering campuses. Civic Prompts (2015) shows how every discipline can do its part.
Political Learning and Democratic Engagement: Learn-Engage-Vote
A budding list of websites, publications, and organizations to help you meet the political learning and democratic engagement goals on your campus
Civic Learning in the Major by Design
The Peer Review volume highlighting how nine departments have invested in these redesigns
The online case studies from twelve departments highlighting these redesigns
Redesigning Majors: Disciplinary Knowledge, Civic Learning, and Public Responsibility
from Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET
Cost: Free for AAC&U members; $100 for nonmembers
Clashes Over Citizenship: Webinar Series on Promoting Listening, Learning, and Engagement
This series of three webinars aim to expand campus expertise on how to hold constructive conversations about contentious issues and how to institute practices in and out of the classroom that foster engagement across differences.
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With funding from The Endeavor Foundation, AAC&U launched a new project, Civic Prompts: Civic Learning in the Major by Design to highlight different departmental and disciplinary designs that incorporate learning for civic and social responsibility into the requirements and pedagogy of a student’s major or area of specialized study. With a broad invitation to colleges and universities, AAC&U asked colleges and universities to submit exemplary departments that illustrate how the practice of applying a civic lens can be embedded as a routine way of preparing students in their majors. Nine institutions are featured in a special theme-focused issue of Peer Review and twelve institutions are featured case studies on AAC&U’s website. In addition, the American Political Science Association offers a pioneering disciplinary model with its volume, Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen.