Civic Learning Publications

Diversity and Democracy, Winter 2013
Diversity & Democracy, Winter 2013

Diversity & Democracy, Winter 2013: This issue features examples of creative leadership and action that advance higher education's civic purposes through transformative partnerships, both at home and abroad.Read more

Liberal Education, Fall 2012
Liberal Education, Fall 2012

This issue explores how a college or university’s commitment to sustainability can transform institutional practice and help advance the aims of liberal learning. Also included are articles on civic scientific literacy, education for stewardship of the global commons, the role of division I athletics in a liberal education, the value of considering across-the-curriculum initiatives within the context of general education reform, and an approach to creating shared expectations for student achievement within the disciplines.Read more

Promising Practices for Personal and Social Responsibility: Findings from a National Research Collaborative
2012

Drawing on meetings of a distinguished group of educational researchers, Promising Practices for Personal and Social Responsibility highlights select national/multi-institutional data and major themes along five dimensions of personal and social responsibility. Importantly, the report also offers a set of evidence-based recommendations for improving campus practice in relation to educating students for personal and social responsibility.

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Civic Provocations
2012

Recognizing the urgent need for colleges and universities to address their civic mission and that of higher education, Civic Provocations features accessible, brief essays that consider dimensions of what “centering attention to the civic” might mean and involve. Civic Provocations provokes deepened consideration and campus conversations—both needed for designing actions required to realize a civic mission. The provocations are written by leading civic scholars and practitioners; the topics range from civic learning to action research; from global civics to civility; from curricula to civic pedagogy; and from theory to practices.

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This is the first in the five volume Civic Series of monographs being published by the Bringing Theory to Practice Project between 2012 and 2014.

Diversity & Democracy, Spring 2012
Diversity & Democracy, Spring 2012

This issue of Diversity & Democracy explores how the arts and humanities can enhance students' capacities for democratic participation within diverse and globally interconnected local and national communities.Read more

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

Diversity & Democracy, Winter 2012
Diversity & Democracy, Winter 2012

This issue of Diversity & Democracy explores how higher education is creating classroom and campus forums that engage with LGBTQ issues.Read more

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagements: A Review of the Literature on Civic Engagement in Post-Secondary Education
2012

Distributed at the Association of American Colleges & Universities 2012 Annual Meeting in conjunction with the release of A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy's Future, this review includes six essential findings on students' civic learning and engagement:

  • More than 70 percent of all college students report participating in some form of volunteering, community service, or service learning during their time in college.
  • About one-half of college students report participating in credit-bearing service learning activities during their time in college.
  • Dozens of studies show that service learning is positively associated with a variety of civic learning outcomes.
  • Emerging evidence suggests that the more frequently students participate in a continuum of civic learning practices (e.g. service learning, meaningful cross-racial interactions on campus or in classrooms, or real-world problem-based
  • ...
A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy's Future
2012

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This report from the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement calls on the nation to reclaim higher education's civic mission. Commissioned by the Department of Education and released at a White House convening in January 2012, the report pushes back against a prevailing national dialogue that limits the mission of higher education to workforce preparation and training while marginalizing disciplines basic to democracy. The Task Force calls on educators and public leaders to advance a twenty-first-century vision of college learning for all students—a vision with civic learning and democratic engagement an expected part of every student's college education. The report documents the nation's anemic civic health and includes recommendations for action that address campus culture, general education, and civic inquiry as part of major and career fields...

The Drama of Diversity and Democracy (Second Edition 2011)
2011

In releasing this new edition of The Drama of Diversity and Democracy, the Association of American Colleges and Universities invites higher education to reengage with one of our most foundational questions: the role educators can and should play in building civic capacities—knowledge, skills, commitments, collaborations—for our diverse and globally connected democracy. This edition features a new foreword by Ramón A. Gutiérrez, and a new prefaculty by AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider. The original version of this publication was released in 1995 as part of AAC&U's national initiative American Commitments: Diversity, Democracy, and Liberal Learning.

This is a free online publication. It is available as a PDF document.

Diversity & Democracy, Fall 2011
Diversity & Democracy, Fall 2011

Higher education plays an important role in equipping today’s students with the skills, knowledge, and capacities they need to participate in a diverse democracy. Inspired by a forthcoming report on reversing the civic recession supported by the US Department of Education, this issue of Diversity & Democracy explores how various institutions are enacting civic learning initiatives that prepare students for democratic engagement.Read more

Liberal Education, Summer/Fall 2011
Liberal Education, Summer/Fall 2011

This issue presents highlights of the 2011 AAC&U annual meeting, “Global Positioning: Essential Learning, Student Success, and the Currency of US Degrees.” Also included are articles on broadening involvement in undergraduate writing instruction, fostering faculty agency, and using mathematics inquiry for non-STEM majors.Read more

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