Civic Learning Publications

Diversity & Democracy, Spring 2009
Diversity & Democracy, Spring 2009

To keep pace in today's complex and competitive global arena, American higher education must retire old notions of educational exclusivity and embrace new models of inclusive excellence. This issue of Diversity & Democracy explores how colleges and universities are building pathways to success using high-impact educational practices as stepping stones toward achievement for all students.Read more

Diversity & Democracy, Winter 2009
Diversity & Democracy, Winter 2009

Assessing diversity outcomes, particularly those related to the development of personal and social responsibility, challenges educators seeking to demonstrate the positive effects of liberal education. This issue of Diversity & Democracy examines new projects and practices that are developing compelling evidence of students' intercultural, global, and civic learning.Read more

Diversity & Democracy, Fall 2008
Diversity & Democracy, Fall 2008

Socioeconomic class has dramatic effects on opportunity within and beyond college—yet it is a challenging topic of conversation for students and faculty alike. This issue of Diversity & Democracy provides some tools to guide difficult discussions about class in the hopes of creating more inclusive campuses and a more equitable world beyond.Read more

Peer Review, Spring/Summer 2008
Peer Review, Spring/Summer 2008

Peer Review, Spring/Summer, 2008: This issue examines how the academy engages students in their learning today to help them grow as engaged citizens for tomorrow.

The Democracy Imperative (TDI) has developed a discussion guide (pdf) for campuses to use in conjunction with this issue. Written by Nancy L. Thomas, acting TDI director and an author in this issue, the guide was created for multiple uses―as a classroom teaching tool, a faculty development instrument, for use in strategic planning processes, and as a means to engage trustees in a discussion about the aims of higher education. The guide, Democratic and Political Learning, can be found on the TDI Web site.Read more

Diversity & Democracy, Spring 2008

The capacity for principled action in a diverse world is a core outcome of a successful liberal education—and one that often develops through community engagement. This issue of Diversity & Democracy explores the connections between civic learning and diverse communities, setting the framework for action that is ethical, imaginative, and inclusive.Read more

Civic Engagement at the Center: Building Democracy through Integrated Cocurricular and Curricular Experiences
2008

Informed by the work of the Bonner Foundation, Civic Engagement at the Center highlights developmental models for students’ civic learning and socially responsible leadership implemented at 77 campuses. The monograph describes key elements of the cocurricular model, research on its impact on students, and emerging civic engagement minors created to complement decades of work in student affairs.

Diversity and Democracy, Winter 2008
Diversity & Democracy, Winter 2008

Religious Diversity challenges educators seeking to prepare students with intercultural skills for effectiveness in a pluralistic society. As students and faculty grapple with the roles that spirituality and belief play within and across disciplines, this issue of Diversity & Democracy opens the door for more rewarding conversations.Read more

Peer Review, Summer, 2007
Peer Review, Summer 2007

Peer Review, Summer, 2007: The Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) project seeks to advance engaged student learning and determine how it might improve the quality of students’ education, development, health, and commitment to civic engagement. This issue provides a brief project overview as well as several campus examples that offer specific forms of engaged learning and how they are contributing to students’ health and well-being.Read more

Liberal Education, Winter 2007
Liberal Education, Winter 2007

This issue provides an overview of the Bringing Theory to Practice project, an effort to advance engaged student learning and determine how it might improve the quality of students’ education, development, health, and commitment to civic engagement. Also included are articles on diversity, a reflection on teaching in a first-year program, and the executive summary of the new LEAP report.Read more

Purposeful Pathways: Helping Students Achieve Key Learning Outcomes
2006

This final publication of the Greater Expectations project reports on practices from high school through college to advance four selected liberal education outcomes: inquiry, civic, global, and integrative learning. From defining outcomes, to reviewing current practices, to charting sequences of learning over time, readers will find numerous resources helpful in their curricular planning.

Liberal Education, Summer/Fall 2005
Liberal Education, Summer/Fall 2005

The theme of the summer/fall issue, "educating for personal and social responsibility," explores the contribution of undergraduate education to student's moral and ethical development. Also included are a report on student attitudes toward liberal education and articles on the "chilly climate" for women in the sciences and engineering and on the integration of interdisciplinary study and participation in research into the core mission of undergraduate education.Read more

Liberal Education, Fall 2002
Liberal Education, Fall 2002

Presidential leaders have the opportunity to contribute the resources of their institutions to public service. The universities they lead should be models in confronting the problems of a complex society and contributing to their solution.Read more

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