Archive for May, 2012

#ADP12: New NIF Forum, Shaping Our Future – How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?

Shaping Our Future


The new Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want? (2012) issue guide is now on the National Issues Forums website, along with a moderator manual, a promotional flyer, and questionnaire. The site also has a short description of the dialogue approach, with the three options.

Shaping Our Future is a national dialogue organized by the American Commonwealth Partnership, in collaboration with the National Issues Forums.

The following are ACP and National Issues Forum-related sessions at next week’s American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment National Meeting in San Antonio:

Thursday, June 7 | 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop: American Commonwealth Project Open Forum (open to all)
The American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment are two key partners in the new American Commonwealth Partnership (ACP). ACP is an alliance of colleges and universities, higher education groups, P-12 schools and others dedicated to the democracy college ideal for all higher education. Launched at the White House on January 10th, ACP grows out of the Civic Agency Initiative in the American Democracy Project and its ‘We the People” conference in Washington, DC in November, 2010, which laid initial plans for a movement in higher education to deepen civic identities of colleges and universities, spreading empowering pedagogies and community-connecting practices, in partnership with policy makers. At this pre-conference forum, participants have a chance to hear about several key ACP initiatives including the deliberative dialogues on higher education’s role in America’s future; “Citizen Alum,” strategies for broadening the role of alumni from “donors” to “doers”; and Empowering Pedagogies, approaches which bring civic agency into curricular and co-curricular innovation. We will also discuss ADP’s new Campus Civic Health Initiative, on ways to measure and improve civic health.
Forum Moderator: Harry Boyte, Director, Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Augsburg College (Minn.)
Presenters:  Julie Ellison, Lead Organizer, Citizen Alum and Professor of American Culture and English, University of Michigan; Thomas Morgan, Executive Director, Center for Faith and Learning, Augsburg College (Minn.); Kara Lindaman, Associate Professor and ADP Director, and Laura Lake, student, Winona State University (Minn.); Blase Scarnati, Director, First Year Seminar Program and Global Learning, Northern Arizona University and Kaylesh Ramu, Student Government Association President, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Friday, June 8 | 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Featured Session:
National Issues Forum –Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?
This session features a deliberative forum using the new NIF guide Shaping Our Future. This forum also provides an experiential introduction to key concepts and practices in deliberative politics such as naming and framing issues, choice work, and trade-offs experience with choice work. Shaping Our Future was developed by National Issues Forums and the Kettering Foundation and it will be used in collaboration with the American Commonwealth Partnership.
Presenters: John Dedrick, Vice President and Program Director, Charles F. Kettering Foundation and William V. Muse, President, NIF Institute.
Forums will be moderated by: Cristin Foster, Assistant Program Director, and Chris McCauley, Executive Director, David Mathews Center for Civic Life; Doug Garnar, Professor and Service Learning Program Director, and Lisa Strahley, Associate Professor of Teacher Education and Early Childhood Development, Broome Community College (N.Y.);  Kara Lindaman, Associate Professor and ADP Campus Director, Winona State University (Minn.); and Alberto Olivas, Director, Center for Civic Participation and Bernie Ronan, Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs, Maricopa Community Colleges (Ariz.)

Friday, June 8| 3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Concurrent Session
Deliberative Politics and Organizing for Deliberative Decision Making
This session discusses the role of public deliberation in democratic politics, introduces research on developing frameworks for productive public deliberations over controversial issues and provides information useful to people who want to organize and lead forums on campuses and in community.
Presenters: John Dedrick, Vice President and Program Director, Charles F.  Kettering Foundation; Cristin Foster, Assistant Program Director, David Mathews Center for Civic Life; Chris McCauley, Executive Director, David Mathews Center for Civic Life; Bill Muse, President, National Issues Forums Institute


The following is excerpted from the issue guide titled Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?

The diverse system of US higher education–including public and private universities, smaller four-year independent colleges, two-year community colleges, for-profit schools, and others–already serves a number of important social

purposes.  But this guide focuses on the future.  It takes up this fundamental question:  How should higher education help us create the society we want?  It offers three options to consider, each with benefits as well as drawbacks.

While it’s certainly possible for higher education to pursue multiple goals, it’s also true that colleges and universities can’t do everything.  To be effective, they need to focus their energies and set priorities.  As we envision higher education in the future, there are options and trade-offs, and it’s important to think and talk about them with our fellow citizens.  By doing so, we can begin to make tough choices about what higher education can and should be expected to do.

This issue guide presents three options for deliberation.

Option One: Focus on Staying Competitive in the Global Economy
Higher education should help ensure that our economy remains competitive in a tough global marketplace–and that means recapturing our lead in science and technology.  Countries like China are transforming their systems to educate more high-tech professionals, and we should too.  It’s our best chance to keep our economy growing.

Option Two: Work Together and Repair an Ailing Society
Many of the problems we face as a nation reflect an underlying crisis of division and mistrust.  Higher education shapes students’ views about the larger society, and it can do more to strengthen values like responsibility, integrity, and respect for others.  Students also need real-life experience in collaboration and problem solving.

Option Three: Ensure that Everyone Gets a Fair Chance
We call this the land of opportunity, but it isn’t that way for many Americans.  Because graduating from college unlocks the door to advancement, higher education and government should do much more to ensure that all Americans have an equal shot at getting a degree–without accumulating huge debts.

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#ADP 12: Campus & Friends Showcase and Poster Session


Campus and Friends Showcase
& Poster Session

June 9, 2012 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Salon I 

ADP and TDC campuses, partners and friends will display, share and celebrate their work and help others learn how to promote civic engagement on their campuses during our annual Campus & Friends Showcase. The Showcase will occur over lunch on Saturday, June 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Salon I at the ADP/TDC 2012 National Meeting.

The Showcase is designed as an exhibit hall with tables available for presenters. People love to see what other ADP/TDC campuses have done; the Showcase also serves as an important networking opportunity for project participants to connect with national leaders in the civic engagement movement.

This year’s Showcase will also include a Poster Session featuring the research and civic engagement efforts of individuals and organizations. We’ll see you in San Antonio!

A full listing of the Campus and Friends Showcase and Poster Presenters follows:

Showcase Tables

1.      Illinois State University
Exploring Illinois State University’s core commitments to civic engagement.
Steve Hunt, 

2.      Society for Values in Higher Education (SVHE)
SVHE will share literature about SVHE meetings, initiatives, publications, projects, etc.
Eric Bain-Selbo,

3.      Keene State College (N.H.)
Integrating curricular and co-curricular initiatives via ADP.
Kimberly Gagne, Program Coordinator,

4.      Kennesaw State University (Ga.)
Kennesaw State University will showcase its ADP events this year including Constitution Week, the Pathways to Peace lecture series, and Emmanuel Jal’s lecture/performance on youth engagement in global issues.
Carlton Usher, Associate Professor of Political Science,

5.      Center for Civic Leadership, Fort Hays State University (Kan.)
The American Democracy Project and Global Leadership Project based out of the Center for Civic Leadership at Fort Hays State University will showcase the events and activities hosted during the 2011-2012 school year that have educated students on a variety of domestic and global issues, engaged students to act upon these issues, and encouraged political activism and participation.
Kelly Nuckolls and Jen Verhagen, Student Coordinators,

6.      Metropolitan State University (Minn.)
Two faculty members and a member of our Center for Community Based Learning will be providing information and materials showcasing how students in writing and communication courses are helping to gather stories for MSU’s Citizen Alumni Project.
Danielle Hinrichs, Assistant Professor of Composition,
Andrew Carlson, Assistant Professor of Communication,
Jodie Bantley, Community Service Learning Coordinator,                                                                                                                        
7.      University of Central Oklahoma

Take a look at the multiple civic engagement projects found on the UCO campus.
Susan Scott, Professor,

8.      U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC)
FMC will share information about its Congress to Campus Program, which brings Former Members of Congress to campuses across the country and around the world.
Elizabeth Ardagna, Member Services Manager,

9.      CIRCLE, part of the Tisch College of Citizenship & Public Service at Tufts University (Mass.)
CIRCLE: The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement is a national, non-partisan research center on young people’s civic education and engagement.
Abby Kiesa, Youth Coordinator & Researcher,

10.  eJournal of Public Affairs: A collaboration between Missouri State University and ADP
The eJournal of Public Affairs is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, open-access journal that provides a substantive forum for scholarly publications related to civic engagement.
Andrew Lokie, Editor,

11.  Weber State University’s ADP (Utah)
Deliberative Democracy Day – 200 students discussing a controversial issue on campus
Leah Murray, Community Involvement Center Faculty in Residence,

12.  American Bar Association, Division for Public Education

The ABA Division for Public Education promotes public understanding of law and its role in society. It leads law-related and civic education efforts through its curriculum support resources, Law Day and Constitution Day resources, national Law-Related Education conference, and professional development activities.
Leslie Warren, Assistant Director,

13.  Campus Vote Project
Campus Vote Project is a campaign of the nonpartisan, nonprofit Fair Elections Legal Network to provide colleges with the tools they need to implement specific reforms on campus that will break down barriers to voting for students.
Dan Vicuña, Campus Vote Project Coordinator,

14.  Epsilen
Epsilen is an online collaborative platform that is used by TDC members to share best practices, develop forums, and to distribute and co-create resources and course materials
Mekelle Douglas, Senior Business Development Director,

15.  American Red Cross, San Antonio Area Chapter
Our materials will highlight free online tools and resources from our Exploring Humanitarian Law program that help today’s students build competencies essential to navigating increasingly complex global realities.
Angelita De Luna, Exploring Humanitarian Law Coordinator,


Poster Descriptions

1.      Towards Democracy? Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (1960-2011)
By Elizabeth Hauck, Student, Santa Fe College (Fla.)

2.      Youth Vote Overseas: Building a Network of Young Voters Abroad in 2012 and
Introducing U.S. Vote Foundation: The First Online Absentee Ballot System for Every State

By Susan Dzieduszcka-Suinat, President and CEO, Overseas Vote Foundation

3.      Controversial Issues in Discussion-Based Opportunities to Develop Youth Civic Engagement
By Alex Lin, Doctoral Student, University of California, Irvine

4.      Public Achievement in Urban & Suburban Schools with Leadership Focus From Student Proposed Issue and Action Using Empowerment and Civic Responsibility
By Becky Hamlin, Undergraduate Student Teacher in Special Education and  Robert Logan, Graduate Student Teacher in Special Education, Augsburg College (Minn.)

5.      Student Involvement and the Fiscal Incentives that Deter It
By Jennifer Burger, Student, University of Michigan-Flint

6.      Engaging Students through On-Campus Candidate Forums
By Alyssa Martin, Student, Northwest Vista College (Texas); Evan Bohl, Student, Northwest Vista College (Texas)

7.      Infusing Civic Learning Across the Curriculum
By Alberto Olivas, Director, Center for Civic Participation, Maricopa Community Colleges

ETS Study Shows How Colleges Can Help Students Become Active Voters

This is a re-post of a blog story that originally appeared on the blog of the Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN). FELN’s nonpartisan Campus Vote Project (CVP) is a partner and friend of ADP. Take a look at this summary of the new ETS report Fault Lines in Our Democracy: Civic Knowledge, Voting Behavior, and Civic Engagement in the United States. Dan Vicuna, the author of this blog story and CVP’s Coordinator will be at the ADP National Meeting in San Antonio. If you’d like to meet with him to learn more about CVP and how to connect your campus work with CVP, you can email him at CVP will also have a table at the Campus and Friends Showcase on Saturday, June 9 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm.

As you gear up to register students for the November 2012 elections, make sure to check out CVP’s Campus Vote Project toolkit and other resources!

– Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager

ETS Study Shows How Colleges Can Help Students Become Active Voters

By: Dan Vicuna, Coordinator of FELN’s Campus Vote Project

An Educational Testing Service (ETS) study on education and civic engagement demonstrates the role that colleges and universities can play in helping students become active and informed voters. The study suggests that many students arrive at college with limited knowledge of civics. For example, ETS found that only about one-quarter of American students in 4th, 8th, and 12th grade achieved a “proficient” designation in civics, a level demonstrating solid academic performance. The study’s authors argue that voter turnout is likely to suffer as a result of this academic shortfall.

The study also examined the importance of establishing voting as a habit. ETS found that a young adult who voted in the 2004 election was 30 percent more likely to vote in the 2006 election than a young adult who did not vote in 2004. The authors concluded that voting in 2004 “played the most powerful role in voting in 2006.”

ETS argues that colleges and universities “can play a more active role in encouraging voting and civic participation at all levels by their students.” By helping students overcome the barriers to registration and voting that disproportionately affect them, colleges can set their students on a lifelong path of active civic engagement.

Colleges can implement reforms detailed in the Campus Vote Project toolkit to ensure that students have access to registration and voting information. For example, schools can increase understanding of the issues at stake by organizing election awareness campaigns. Administrators can also support student-run voter registration blitzes and organize student poll worker programs to encourage active participation in the 2012 elections.

For more information on the ways that FELN’s Campus Vote Project can work with your school to increase student participation in this year’s elections, contact Dan Vicuna at (202) 331-0114 or


Re-posted from FELN’s blog; see the original post here.

ADP12: Schedule-at-a-Glance

Below you’ll find the Schedule-at-a-Glance for the 10th Annual American Democracy Project National Meeting, June 7-9, 2012 in San Antonio. You’ll find a detailed schedule here.

See you in San Antonio! We have a record number of attendees — over 450 and counting!

Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager

Thursday, June 7
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration
8 a.m. – 9 a.m. ADP and TDC Implementation Committee Breakfast (by invitation)
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Urban Civic Minor Working Meeting and Lunch (by invitation)
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. American Commonwealth Partnership Working Meeting (by invitation)
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Campus & Community Civic Health Initiative Summit and Working Lunch (by invitation, rsvp required)
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. eCitizenship Workshop: An Interactive Introduction to Campus Programs, Tools, Assessment and Results (open to all)
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Addressing Global Challenges Workshop and Lunch: Teaching from a 7 Revolutions Framework ($50 registration fee)
10 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. TDC Pre-Conference Workshop and Working Lunch (by invitation, rsvp required)
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshop: American Commonwealth Partnership Open Forum (open)
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Political Engagement Project (PEP) Meeting (open)
1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts of Designing and Implementing a Civic Minor in Urban Education (open)
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. TDC Welcome Session and Orientation (open to all)
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. ADP Orientation (open to all)
3:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Opening Plenary: Closing the Gap between Intention and Action
5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Opening Wine and Cheese Reception
6:15 p.m. Dinner on Your Own

Friday, June 8
7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Registration
7 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Networking Breakfast
7 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Breakfast Breakout Sessions
9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Plenary: Town Hall Meeting USA with Former Members of Congress
10:30 a.m. – Noon Featured Sessions
Noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
Noon – 1:15 p.m. TDC Implementation Lunch for Campus Coordinators (by invitation)
Noon – 1:15 p.m. ADP Implementation Committee Meeting and Lunch (by invitation)
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
5:45 p.m. Dinner on Your Own
7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Registration

Saturday, June 9
7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration
7 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Networking Breakfast
7 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Breakfast Breakout Sessions
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Plenary Session: Community Strengths, Assets and Other Ideas We Don’t Really Believe
10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Featured Sessions
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Campus & Friends Showcase, Poster Session and Lunch
12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Mini Plenary: ADP and TDC—Reflecting on Our Past and Looking to Our Future
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Closing Plenary: Going Public—Aligning Classroom Pedagogy with Institutional Commitments to Civic Engagement
6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Closing Dinner and Reception at Ácenar on the Riverwalk

Follow ADP 2012: Civic Engagement 2.0 on Social Media

We’re employing a suite of online tools to share resources and connect people and ideas at the 10th annual ADP National Meeting in San Antonio, June 7-9, 2012 — Civic Engagement 2.0: Re-Imaging, Strengthening and Deepening Our Civic Work.

Social Media

Whether you’re able to join us in San Antonio or not, you can use the following social networking tools to connect with your colleagues and follow the meeting:

WEBSITE: You’ll find information about registration, hotel accommodations, a schedule-at-a-glance and the bios of plenary speakers here. You can also check out the ADP website here.

WIKI: You will find the full meeting program, suggested pre-readings as well as PowerPoint presentations and handouts on the ADP/TDC 2012 National Meeting Wiki.

TWITTER: You can follow the ADP on Twitter at @ADPaascu. You can then follow and comment on the ADP 2012 National Meeting using Twitter hashtag #ADP12. (You can also follow @eCitizenship.)

FACEBOOK: You can “like” ADP on Facebook and connect with your colleagues before the meeting by posting comments about the meeting on our wall here. Be sure to use the meeting hashtag  (#ADP12) when you post comments! (ADP also has the following additional topical Facebook pages: eCitizenship, Global Engagement, and Civic Agency.)

BLOG: You can subscribe to the ADP National Blog here. There are currently a number of blog posts about pre-conference workshops, plenary and featured sessions and important topics at the ADP National Meeting on the blog. We will also live blog from the meeting, so stay tuned!

YOUTUBE: If you capture video of the ADP National Meeting, we encourage you to upload it to the ADP YouTube Channel. You can also subscribe to the ADP YouTube Channel to see what various ADP campuses are up to!

ADP 2012: Town Hall USA with Former Members of Congress

ADP is excited to announce that our friends at the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC) will be partnering with us to bring you a Town Hall USA plenary session at the ADP/TDC 2012 national meeting in San Antonio. Here are the details:

Friday, June 8 | 9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. 
Plenary: Town Hall Meeting USA with Former Members of Congress  
Discuss today’s most pressing issues—including Congress’ civility/bipartisanship crisis, the 2012 elections, and the important role of public service in our democracy and how to foster it—with two former college professors and members of Congress. This informal and open session includes ample time for audience Q&A. This session is offered in partnership with the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress and its Congress to Campus program.   
Moderator: Alberto Olivas, Director, Center for Civic Participation, Maricopa Community Colleges (Ariz.) 
Presenters: The Hon. Dan Miller (R-FL, 1993-2003) and The Hon. Jerry Patterson (D-CA, 1975-1985)

Learn more about FMC in the guest blog post below, and be sure to talk with Liz Ardagna about bringing their Congress to Campus program to your college or university!

See you in San Antonio!

Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager 

Former Members of Congress Continue to Serve Via the Congress to Campus Program

By Elizabeth Ardagna, Member Services Manager, U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress

“Democracy is not a spectator sport; for our system of government to work effectively, we need bright and dedicated Americans to make themselves available for public service. I’ve never been part of any other program that was nearly as successful as the Congress to Campus program in increasing awareness of the importance, and value, of entering the public arena. We show the real face of public service and the good it can do, and as a result, we encourage others to see government as a vehicle for the public good. I love the program.”
-The Hon. Mickey Edwards (R-OK, 77-93)

For over 35 years, the Congress to Campus program of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC) has been cultivating opportunities for students and former Members of Congress to have face-to-face discussions about current issues, the value of public service, and how students can (and should) become active participants in representative government.

The Congress to Campus program (CtC) brings bipartisan pairs of former Members to college, university, and community college campuses across the United States and around the world for two and a half days of packed programming. While on campus, former Members visit with students in a variety of formats, including classroom discussions, Q&A sessions, roundtable talks, open forums, meals with students, and interviews with campus and student media. Since the host school plans the former Members’ schedule, educators can decide how to best utilize the team’s time.

Congress to Campus

The goals of Congress to Campus are to connect with students, strengthen understanding of how Congress does (and does not) work, and inspire the next generation of leaders to be politically engaged. The CtC’s “R” and “D” former Member teams demonstrate that civil—yet still partisan—discourse across the aisle is not only possible, but productive. CtC facilitates an environment in which informal and personal discussions between former Members and students create candid conversations about the role of the U.S. Congress and why all citizens should be actively engaged in civic life.

Additionally, in a recent effort to promote bipartisanship and a more civil political discourse, FMC has created the Common Ground Project (CGP). The goals of CGP are to encourage current Members of Congress  to interact with more respect, so that meaningful dialogue leads to bipartisan solutions to our nation’s dire issues; to foster a more civil and productive political dialogue among American voters; and to restore the public’s faith in its elected representatives and combat some of the misconceptions and cynicism that are attached to the Congress. FMC seeks to accomplish these goals via public panels at the National Archives, budget simulations for students with the Concord Coalition, and roundtable meetings with current Members of Congress.

FMC—founded in 1970 and chartered by Congress—strives to promote public service and strengthen representative democracy both domestically and abroad at no cost to the taxpayer. FMC utilizes the diverse skill set of its Members to help educate the public and create healthy dialogue to foster productive solutions to our nation’s most pressing issues.

Through vital initiatives like the Congress to Campus program or Common Ground Project, FMC works to connect students and citizens with the former Members “who have been there,” fostering unprecedented understanding of why America has the greatest democracy in the world, and how to strengthen and improve it for generations to come.  

To learn more about FMC or how to bring Congress to Campus to your school, contact Liz Ardagna at 202.507.4847 or You can also find her and a bipartisan former Member team at the ADP’s Annual Meeting—during Friday’s 9:00am Plenary Session (Town Hall Meeting USA with Former Members of Congress), Saturday’s 7:00am Breakfast Breakout Session (U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress), or Saturday’s 11:30am Campus and Friends Showcase.

Please visit FMC’s website at and follow us on Twitter @USAFMC.

ADP 2012 National Meeting Update: Featured Sessions Lineup

This year we have a strong set of Featured Sessions planned for the American Democracy Project National Meeting in San Antonio, June 7-9, 2012. Featured sessions are smaller than the large plenary sessions, but longer and bigger than our concurrent sessions. They provide participants with the opportunity to dig deeply into a variety of topics with some of the nation’s leading experts in the civic engagement movement. Please see below for descriptions of our exciting Featured Sessions.

To register for the ADP National Meeting, please visit this website.

ADP/TDC 2012 National Meeting Featured Sessions

Featured Sessions | Friday, June 8 from 10:30 a.m. – Noon
TDC on Engaging the Community: Student Perspectives

The Public Achievement program at Lone Star College, Kingwood offers students experience in community and democratic engagement. A panel of students from the Kingwood campus will discuss their participation in the program over the last two years and their efforts to expand and further student-led engagement. Other students from TDC institutions will show videos documenting their experiences and present on how civic engagement helped enrich their education and aid in degree completion.

Moderator:  John J. Theis, Professor of Political Science, Lone Star College, Kingwood (Texas)
Student Panelists: Blain Donnell, Student, Lone Star College, Kingwood; Wendy Thorp, Student, Lone Star College, Kingwood; Cory McAnally, Student, Lone Star College, Kingwood; Corey Lenon, Student, Lone Star College, Kingwood

Raising Money to Support a Civic Engagement Program

The experiences of campuses that have been successful at raising funds in support of a campus-wide civic engagement program are reviewed in this session. The emphasis is on external fundraising and grant-writing strategies. Also, issues involving the leveraging of institutional budgets to prompt external support and the importance of sound project management and assessment to external fundraising are addressed.

Moderator:  Richard Dunfee, Executive Director, AASCU Grants Resource Center
Panelists:  Stephen Hunt, Professor of Communication and Lance Lippert, Associate Professor of Communication, Illinois State University; Gregg Kaufman, Instructor, Georgia College; and William M. Loker, Dean of Undergraduate Education, California State University, Chico

National Issues Forum (NIF)—Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?

This session features a deliberative forum using the new NIF guide, Shaping Our Future. This forum also provides an experiential introduction to key concepts and practices in deliberative politics, such as naming and framing issues, choice work and trade-offs experience with choice work. Shaping Our Future was developed by NIF and the Kettering Foundation and it will be used in collaboration with the American Commonwealth Partnership.

Presenters: John Dedrick, Vice President and Program Director, Charles F. Kettering Foundation and William V. Muse, President, NIF Institute.  Forums will be moderated by: Cristin Foster, Assistant Program Director, David Mathews Center for Civic Life; Doug Garnar, Professor and Service Learning Program Director, Broome Community College (N.Y.); Kara Lindaman, Associate Professor and ADP Campus Director, Winona State University (Minn.); Chris McCauley, Executive Director, David Mathews Center for Civic Life; Alberto Olivas, Director, Center for Civic Participation, Maricopa Community Colleges (Ariz.); Bernie Ronan, Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs, Maricopa Community Colleges (Ariz.); and Lisa Strahley, Associate Professor of Teacher Education and Early Childhood Development, Broome Community College (N.Y.)

Community Change Studies for Civic and Democratic Work

The Community Learning Partnership (CLP), a TDC partner, is expanding its Community Change Studies (CSS) programs to prepare students for careers in civic and democratic work, with an emphasis on community engagement that creates a more democratic society. This session presents program designs and curriculum for CSS certificate and degree programs in four CLP sites:  Los Angeles, Cupertino, Minneapolis and New York. This session also provides a first look at a new web-based resource center for developing CSS programs and curriculum that will be available to TDC members in late Fall 2012.

Panelists:  Denise Fairchild, President, Emerald Cities Collaborative; Sydney Beane, Director, Minnesota Community Learning Partnership; Hector Soto, Director, Center for Neighborhood Leadership, New York; Benjamin A. Torres, CEO/President, Community Development Technologies Center, Los Angeles; Edmundo Norte, Dean, Intercultural/International Studies, De Anza College (Calif); and students from the CLP site programs     

The National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement (NASCE)

The NASCE is the first tool that uses student reported experience to quantitatively measure community engagement among individual students and their institutions. To date, the NASCE has interviewed 12,344 students from 28 colleges and universities of varying sizes and affiliations, spanning nine different states in the United States. The NASCE is an instrument that 1) measures the community engagement and service performed by students; 2) measures and reports the engagement and service across nine areas of human need; 3) expresses engagement and service performed as a percent of the possible service an institution can offer; 4) provides colleges with a measurement of their capacity contribution; and 5) provides a tool that can be used to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses for use in institutional planning. This presentation provides detailed information on the innovative methodology of the NASCE as well as the derivation, implementation and initial findings of these five outlined study aspects.

Presenters: Mathew Johnson, Director of Academic Community Engagement and Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies and Donald P. Levy, Director, Siena Research Institute, Siena College (N.Y.)

A Crucible Moment: Higher Education and Democratic Engagement

This session first orients the audience to the 2012 Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future report, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education. The report will be used to frame a presentation on the upcoming 2015 application cycle for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Elective Community Engagement Classification. Participants from two-year and four-year campuses interested in seeking the classification in 2015 are encouraged to attend.

Presenters:  Gail Robinson, Director of Service Learning, American Association of Community Colleges; John Saltmarsh, Co-Director, New England Resource Center for Higher Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston and Josh Young, Director of the Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy, Miami Dade College (Fla.)

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: Exploring the Link between Civic Engagement and Employment

Civic behaviors—such as political involvement, volunteering and giving—help generate the flow of information, trust and connection in communities. Active participation in civic life is necessary for a community to be socially and economically healthy. This session presents research on the links between civic engagement and economic resilience and provides opportunities for discussion of the unique role that higher education institutions play in advancing civic health and community vitality.

Presenters:  Kristi Tate, Director of Community Strategies, National Conference on Citizenship and Michael Stout, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Missouri State University

Failing to Forget: Teaching the Topics of Today to the Citizens of Tomorrow

Trayvon Martin. The Occupy and Tea Party movements. Women’s reproductive rights. Healthcare. Education and tuition. These and many more events mobilize students toward dialogue, organization and action, yet in many academic settings these important issues of the day are quickly overlooked. How can we better serve our students by teaching civic responsibility and democratic engagement through the everyday topics that affect their individual lives and communities? This session explores ways in which our campuses can help students organize around these events and form their own voices under the banner of civic and democratic participation.

Presenter: Brian Murphy, President, De Anza College (Calif.)

Transforming Campus Voices into Student Votes: Best Practices for How to Move from “Concept” to “Counted”

As new voters and, sometimes, new residents in their campus community, college students are far more likely than other voters to lack information about voter registration, voting procedures and their right to vote in the community in which they live. Colleges and universities can play an essential role in fulfilling our educational mission to produce informed, engaged citizens by supporting specific reforms that will break down these barriers by empowering students with the information they need. This session provides precise program ideas and best practices for what you can do to boost voter education, registration and get-out-the-vote efforts on your campus.

Moderator:  Elizabeth A. Bennion, Associate Professor of Political Science and Campus ADP Director, Indiana University South Bend.  Panelists:  Alysa Cisneros, Student Coordinator, De Anza College (Calif.); Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, President and CEO, U.S. Vote Foundation; Brandon Loso, Student, Middle Tennessee State University; Amelia Ross-Hammond, Professor and Director, Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, Norfolk State University (Va.); Dan Vicuña, Staff Attorney and Campus Vote Project Coordinator, Fair Elections Legal Network; and Abby Kiesa, Youth Coordinator and Researcher, CIRCLE: The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement

Global Challenges National Blended Learning Course

Global Challenges: Promise and Peril in the 21st Century is a first of its kind course made possible by the collaborative efforts of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) American Democracy Project, The New York Times Knowledge Network, and teaching faculty from 11 AASCU institutions. The course uses the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ 7 Revolutions content as a curricular framework for educating globally competent citizens. The course design relies on the most recent research on blended learning models, combining the best of online and face-to-face educational approaches. This groundbreaking national blended learning model course aims to be a template for further national blended learning model courses on other topics. In this session, the national project coordinator of the Global Challenges National Blended Learning Course and the chair of the AASCU Global Engagement Scholars discuss the collaborative effort and share a glimpse of the Spring 2012 pilot. A representative from Sourcebooks publishing also unveils a glimpse of the new Global Challenges eBook.

Presenters: Shala Mills, Chair and Professor of Political Science and National Coordinator, Global Challenges Course, Fort Hays State University (Kan.); Dennis Falk, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Social Work and Global Engagement Scholar, University of Minnesota Duluth; and Peter Lynch, Editorial Manager, Sourcebooks.

Featured Sessions | Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Next Generation Civic Engagement

Higher education plays a significant role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy, but we need new ways of teaching personal and social responsibility to a digitally native generation of students. This session describes the redesign of a civic engagement course at the University of North Texas into blended and online formats and provides examples of experiential learning activities. It also addresses the importance of anchoring course redesign to a foundation of thoughtfully identified student learning outcomes.

Presenters: Brenda McCoy, Director, Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Program and Michael Simmons, Senior Associate Director, Center for Learning Enhancement, Assessment, and Redesign, University of North Texas

Capturing and Assessing Student Voting on Your Campus           

Using public voting data, it is difficult to assess student turnout on a single campus and what institutional strategies positively affect turnout. In 2012, CIRCLE will be working with interested campuses and partners to fill this gap. We are developing a free service to calculate turnout using data collected by a national firm. This session will discuss current student voting research, what participants most want to know about student voting, and how campuses can get involved to assess strategies used to register and mobilize students.

Presenter: Abby Kiesa, Youth Coordinator and Researcher, CIRCLE:  The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement

Defining, Creating, Assessing, Closing the Loop: Long-Term Assessment of Social Responsibility

In this session, participants, while learning about the very practical aspects of one school’s comprehensive model for assessing social responsibility, are actively engaged in reviewing their own institution’s efforts and selecting areas for improvement. Using a template to guide them in defining terms, identifying organizational structures and exploring potential means of determining impact, participants develop their own action plan to improve the results of efforts on their home campuses, including rare models for directly assessing student learning of outcomes in social responsibility.

Presenters: Gregory Mellas, Service Learning Director and Spanish Faculty; Michael Seward, English Faculty; and Cheryl Neudauer, Center for Teaching and Learning Campus Leader and Biology Faculty, Minneapolis Community & Technical College (Minn.)

ADP: Advancing the Civic Frontier

In this session, Tom Ehrlich, who has been instrumental in guiding the intellectual work of ADP, asks us to consider the new challenges and opportunities that we face in the civic engagement movement. In particular, he focuses on the need to engage students in the civic work of protecting and promoting public education at every level and on the use of social media and other emerging technologies to enhance teaching and learning about civic work.

Presenter: Tom Ehrlich, Visiting Professor, School of Education, Stanford University (Calif.)

Linking High-Impact Learning and Community Engagement

Come join a conversation about how campuses might thoughtfully link High-Impact Practices (HIPs)—such as first-year experiences, course-based internships, writing intensive courses, undergraduate research and capstones—with civic and community engagement. Presenters share examples of what the Bonner Foundation and its network of campus-based intensive programs have begun to articulate as high-impact community engagement practices (HICEPs). Practices include multi-year commitments and agreements with community partners, multi-year faculty connections, policy research projects and more. Presenters hope to foster conversation and sharing amongst a national learning community for campuses with civic partners like AAC&U, AASCU (and ADP), Bringing Theory to Practice, Imagining America, NERCHE and others in the field.

Presenters: Mathew Johnson, Director of Academic Community Engagement and Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, Siena College (N.Y.) and Ariane Hoy, Senior Program Officer, Bonner Foundation

Introducing Citizen Alum—Alumni as Doers, Not (Just) Donors

This session is an introduction to Citizen Alum as a strategy for institutional culture change. The particular focus of this panel is integrating alumni relations into campus-wide public/community engagement.

Presenters: Julie Ellison, Professor of American Culture and English and Lead Organizer of Citizen Alum, University of Michigan; Jodi Bantley, Coordinator, Community Service-Learning, Center for Community-Based Learning, Metropolitan State University (Minn.); LeeAnn Lands, Associate Professor of History and American Studies and Lisa Duke, Director, Office of Alumni Affairs, Kennesaw State University (Ga.)

Putting Democratic Engagement to Work on Campus: A Conversation with John Saltmarsh, Co-Editor of To Serve a Larger Purpose: Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education

This session is focused on a discussion among participants on issues, challenges and questions from the chapters and the critique offered in the book. One point of conversation might be putting the conceptual framework of “democratic engagement” in place on campus, providing concrete strategies for using the book, To Serve a Larger Purpose: Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education (2011) to implement change. Collectively we can discuss strategies for faculty, staff, administrators, students and community partners to implement democratic engagement on campus, drawing, in many cases, on campus examples.

Presenter: John Saltmarsh, Co-Director, New England Resource Center for Higher Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston and Co-Editor of To Serve a Larger Purpose

Realizing the Potential of TDC and ADP: Developing Partnerships Between Universities, Community Colleges and Municipalities

Over the last 10 years, scholars, educators, administrators and others have devoted significant attention to the development of programs that support education for citizenship in higher education. These efforts have born significant fruit, as evidenced by the many programs featured at the TDC/ADP National Meeting. A central concern for the next 10 years will be how those in higher education will sustain the commitment to civic engagement, especially in light of personnel changes and budgetary constraints. Presenters on this panel discuss how campuses can develop meaningful partnerships across campus and community to ensure that education for democracy remains a vital component of higher education.

Presenters:  Deborah Halperin, Director of Action Research Center, Illinois Wesleyan University; Sarah Diel-Hunt, Heartland Community College (Ill.); Stephen Hunt, Professor of Communication, Jan Murphy, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Lance Lippert, Association Professor of Communication and Frank Beck, Associate Professor, Illinois State University

Exploring 21st Century Approaches to Civic Dialogue: New Tools for a Digital Democracy

Join a discussion of innovative tools for promoting civic engagement and civil discourse around critical issues on college campuses.

Democracy Plaza: Student Updates, Research Questions and Moving into the Future Electronic Space of Civil and Civic Dialogue
Presenters:  H. Anne Weiss, Graduate Assistant in Civic Engagement; Youngbok Hong, Associate Faculty of Art; and Anthony Greco, Student, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

The Civil Debate Wall: Using Digital Media to Train Effective Citizens
Presenters:  Shelby Taylor, Digital Communications Director and Emma K. Humphries, Assistant in Citizenship, Bob Graham Center for Public Service, University of Florida

American Democracy Project Regional Conference at the University of Central Oklahoma, April 18, 2012

By Janelle Grellner, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Assistant Director of the American Democracy Project, University of Central Oklahoma

As part of an inspiring week of campus wide celebrations and presentations celebrating the inauguration of President Don Betz as UCO’s 20th president, the American Democracy Project hosted a regional conference, “Democracy and Civic Engagement: Continuing the Civic Work,” and welcomed the campus and community to engage in civic conversations. The American Democracy Project is a national initiative at public colleges and universities focusing on the development of civic skills and civic engagement of college students. President Betz served as a founding member of the steering committee that guided the development of the American Democracy Project in 2003. The University of Central Oklahoma played a key role as a charter member of ADP and hosted the first regional conference in 2004. Featured speakers included: George Mehaffy, Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and founder of the American Democracy Project; Michael Slackman, Deputy Foreign Editor of The New York Times; Debbie Terlip, Assistant Director of Oklahoma Campus Compact; President Don Betz; Provost William J. Radke; and Jean Hendrickson, Executive Director of Oklahoma A+ Schools.

The day started with a luncheon for all conference participants and many campus dignitaries to kick off the conference. Provost Radke provided a welcome that included a review of the past ten years and a vision for the future of ADP and civic engagement on our campus. Mehaffy congratulated UCO for sustained involvement in the civic work of the American Democracy Project, with Dr. Patti Loughlin serving as the campus director since 2007 and unwavering support from Provost Radke.

The luncheon was followed by a student poster contest sponsored by The New York Times. Students competed with posters that reflected civic engagement as it applies to their specific disciplines. Business, economics, psychology,

UCO students (left to right): Caleb Thompson, Toni Sledge, Cierra Maddox, Kristine Sims, Toby Walker, Mohamad Shaaf.

teacher education and student groups were among those who entered. The first place winner was Cody Brown, a student seeking a master’s degree in psychology, who created a poster to highlight a recent political act on campus that involved a questionable ethical procedure and the subsequent legislation passed by UCO’s student senate to rectify the policies for future votes. Second place went to four students in Advanced Developmental Psychology, Maime Ball, Lauren Craig, Deni Napier, and Jenna Sinclair, who created an electronic messaging system to keep new mothers abreast of their child’s developmental level and facilitative parenting activities. Third place went to members of the UCO Skeptics student organization who highlighted their peaceful protest of psychic John Edwards when he came to Oklahoma City recently. They presented their poster to promote science based knowledge and object to pseudo-scientific propaganda, especially when consumers are misled for the financial benefit of others.

The next session, “Continuing the Civic Work: Statewide Collaborations and Partnerships,”  was an opportunity for campuses across the region to share current civic engagement projects, such as the Oklahoma Civic Health Index, Oklahoma Campus Compact’s voter registration contest, and Fort Hays State University’s Global Challenges, and create partnerships for future projects.

George Mehaffy delivered the keynote address, “The Citizenship Imperative of the 21stCentury,” at 4:00 p.m. in Constitution Hall. Following the presentation, Jean Hendrickson, Executive Director of Oklahoma A+ Schools, joined

AASCU’s George Mehaffy and UCO’s Don Betz

Mehaffy for a discussion that focused on how to ignite the passion for civic mindedness in our K-12 schools. Following the keynote address, conference attendees gathered for a reception honoring President Betz sponsored by The New York Times, Oklahoma A+ Schools, Educators’ Leadership Academy, and the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame.

In addition, we value our partnership with The New York Times readership program, offering free copies of The New York Times on campus, and bringing journalists from The New York Times to campus to meet with students. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Oklahoma City native Anthony Shadid visited campus in 2009 and 2010 as part of readership program.

Michael Slackman, Deputy Foreign Editor of The New York Times, giving talk entitled “Arab Spring: The Call for Change”

This year Michael Slackman, Deputy Foreign Editor of The New York Times, joined the special inauguration programming for presentations with students during the day and an evening presentation at 6:00 p.m. in Constitution Hall on the topic of “Arab Spring: The Call for Change.” Following the presentation, President Betz, a specialist on the Middle East and the question of Palestine, joined Slackman for dialogue. In 2011, Betz attended the Fulbright-Hays Seminar on higher education in transition in Oman and Jordan with six other university presidents.

What was the response from the campus community? Two professors who served on the ADP conference planning committee reflected on their experiences at the conference. Elizabeth Overman, Associate Professor of Political Science, said, “I was reminded of the aphorism attributed to John Dewey: ‘Democracy is a conversation.’ Certainly it was a day of heightened civic engagement and a reminder that we bear both the legacy of a democratic republic and the responsibility to expand democratic frameworks in truly meaningful ways.” For Mary Carver, Assistant Professor of Mass Communication, her favorite part of the day was the student poster session. “What amazing ideas, incredible dedication, and truly transformative projects students presented that day. I left the session inspired. More importantly, I really knew in my heart that the next generation was ready to go out and not just be engaged in their communities, but ready to transform their communities.”

ADP at UCO participates in many national civic initiatives including: the Oklahoma Civic Health Index, a state report analyzing the civic health of our state in partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship, voter registration in partnership with Oklahoma Campus Compact (UCO has won the statewide college voter registration contest two years in a row – 2010 and 2011), deliberative polling initiative, and measuring voter turnout initiative.

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