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

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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.

Download the post forum questionnaire for Shaping Our Future forums.pdf (113 K)
Download a promotional flyer about Shaping Our Future forums project.doc (483 K)
Download a guide for moderators for Shaping Our Future.pdf (185 K)
Download the issue guide, Shaping Our Future.pdf (462 K)
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#ADP 12: Campus & Friends Showcase and Poster Session

ADP & TDC

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, skhunt2@ilstu.edu
http://americandemocracy.illinoisstate.edu/ 

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

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

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, cusher@kennesaw.edu

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, kmnuckolls@fhsu.edu
www.adpfhsu.org
| www.globalleadershipproject.net

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, Danielle.hinrichs@metrostate.edu
Andrew Carlson, Assistant Professor of Communication, andrew.carlson@metrostate.edu
Jodie Bantley, Community Service Learning Coordinator, jodi.bantley@metrostate.edu                                                                                                                        
7.      University of Central Oklahoma

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

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, eardagna@usafmc.org
www.usafmc.org
 

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, abby.kiesa@tufts.edu
www.civicyouth.org

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, AndrewLokie@MissouriState.edu
http://ejournal.missouristate.edu/

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, lmurray@weber.edu
http://www.weber.edu/leadership/adp.html

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, leslie.warren@americanbar.org
www.americanbar.org/publiced

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, dvicuna@campusvoteproject.org
www.campusvoteproject.org

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, mdouglas@epsilen.com
www.epsilen.com

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, Angelita.DeLuna@redcross.org
www.redcross.org/ehl

 

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 dvicuna@campusvoteproject.org. 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 info@campusvoteproject.org.

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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!


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