ADP/TDC Webinar: Advancing Civic Learning in Online and Virtual Spaces

Advancing Civic Learning in Online and Virtual Spaces: A Webinar
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. EST
Eric Hartman, Brandon Kliewer and Chance Lee
Kansas State University


Next week, on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. EST, AASCU’s American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment have teamed up with the Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University to offer a special webinar to our member institutions.

Advancing Civic Learning in Online and Virtual Spaces will be an interactive and participant-led webinar and learning experience related to designing online and virtual courses that include an academic service-learning component.

Brandon Kliewer, assistant professor of civic leadership at KSU, is the 2013 recipient of ADP’s Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement. Eric Hartman is an assistant professor and Chance Lee is an instructor. All three facilitators all are from the Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University.

Participants will develop their thinking around how to systematically design online and virtual courses that include academic service-learning that maximizes student learning. Although the course design process is relevant to a range of disciplinary and topical learning outcomes, this session will focus on dimensions of intercultural competence. As a result of this webinar, participants will be able to design online and virtual courses and programs that advance intercultural competence.

To register for the webinar, please sign-up via this Google Doc:
To join the meeting on October 28th, click this AdobeConnect link:
For meeting audio, dial 1-866-642-1665 and enter 499385 as the participant code.

2014 New York Life Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards

Washington Center

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, an independent nonprofit educational organization, proudly celebrates the recipients of the 2014 New York Life Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards.  The award recognizes institutions that are achieving breadth and depth of civic engagement through sustained and mutually transformational partnerships that define and address issues of public concern at any level from the local to the global.

This year’s honorees include three AASCU/ADP campuses: California State University at Fullerton, Georgia College & State University  and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  The awards were presented on Monday, September 29th, at The Washington Center’s annual Awards Luncheon at the National Press Club.

The 2014 New York Life Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards are sponsored by the New York Life Foundation.  The recipients will receive $20,000 in scholarship funding to help their students participate in The Washington Center’s Academic Internship Program in the nation’s capital during the following year.

NSF’s Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering

A new biannual report to Congress of the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) that advises the National Science Foundation recommends that:

  • “NSF should implement a bold new initiative, focused on broadening participation of underrepresented groups in STEM that emphasizes institutional transformation and system change….”

The report explicitly calls, in effect, for a stewards of place (anchor institution) approach, involving higher education-school-community partnerships as a means for broadening participation for all groups across all levels of schooling:

  • “This initiative might include several multisite, geographically-based, national experiments of foundational and implementation research involving universities, schools, and communities. The ongoing research experiments would be inclusive of all underrepresented populations and would be designed to significantly advance broadening participation across all levels of schooling, resulting in sustainable pathways preK-20+.”

Below are the links to the cover letter from the full committee as well as the summary of its recommendations:

Webinar: Using Project Interfaith’s RavelUnravel in your Community or on your Campus

Using Project Interfaith’s RavelUnravel in your Community or on your Campus
A Google Hangout | Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at Noon Eastern

Join Project Interfaith and friends on a Google Hangout to explore how is a resource for your campus and community. We’ll hear from people who have used RavelUnravel campaigns in their own context to build understanding and relationships between people of different faiths, beliefs, and cultures. Learn how you can use to collect and display stories for your group, organization, or cause.

You don’t need to have used or experienced before – and you’ll have a chance to share your questions and ideas with our presenters, Katie Gordon, A. David Lewis, and Cesar Roman. Join the conversation on Twitter: #RavelUnravel and @ProjectIntrf8th.

For further information and to register, click here!
Contact Sean Rose, Training and Outreach Associate, for further information: 

Check out the RavelUnravel Curriculum and Project Interfaith’s Conversation Kits. Available now!

Addressing Campus Sexual Assault: AASCU’s Partnership with Culture of Respect

Yesterday, AASCU President Muriel Howard sent a message to AASCU Presidents describing a new AASCU partnership with an organization called Culture of Respect. This organization, which was founded by a group of concerned parents, is an independent, nonprofit organization. They have begun a very important dialogue with the higher education community. We believe this is an opportunity to effect change through a collaborative and transformative process, one that provides resources to all involved in campus sexual assault response and prevention.

Culture of Respect’s free nonprofit website portal illustrates various tools and resources that AASCU considers helpful to colleges and universities by providing an actionable framework. We encourage you to review its content. The value of our partnership is founded on the idea that sexual assault can be mitigated and eliminated on campuses by offering a unique, centralized non-profit resource with content that spans the field from talking points for parents to breaking down complex legal information for victims and colleges. Various aspects of the website are aligned to address all segments of the campus community including students, parents and staff. We encourage you to register at to explore the depth and breadth of their tools and resources.

Their board of advisors includes:

  • Jackie Cruz, Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education;
  • Laurie Hamre, VP of Student Affairs at Macalester College;
  • Eric Hartman, Dean of Students, Sewanee, The University of the South;
  • Charlotte H. Johnson, J.D., Vice President and Dean of Students at Scripps College;
  • Martha Kanter, Former U.S. Undersecretary of Education;
  • Karestan Koenan, sexual assault and PTSD expert and Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health;
  • Dr. David Lisak, interpersonal violence expert;
  • Maxwell Love, President of the United States Student Association (USSA);
  • Diane Rosenfeld, LLM, Lecturer on Title IX and Director of the Gender Violence Program at Harvard Law School; and
  • Kate Walsh, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

We hope that your campus or system will consider working with Culture of Respect as they get started. In addition, we ask that you share information about this web portal on your campus. We believe the work that they are doing is significant and will help mitigate and eliminate sexual assault on our campuses.

If you have additional questions about Culture of Respect please contact Makese Motley, AASCU’s Assistant Director of Federal Relations at or 202-478-4652.

What We’re Reading: Civic Learning and Teaching

Civic Learning and Teaching CoverCivic Learning and Teaching | Edited by Ashley Finley

Contributions by Sybril Bennett, Dan Butin, Barry Checkoway, Christina P. Colon, Timothy K. Eatman, Patricia Gurin, Barbara Holland, Carole Frances Lung, Biren A. (Ratnesh) Nagda, Seth Pollack, and John Rowden

Civic Learning and Teaching, the fifth and final volume in The Civic Series, contributes to an understanding of why the integration of civic engagement into higher education—both inside and outside the classroom—matters for students, faculty, campus professionals, and community members. From service learning and study abroad to alternative spring break and community-based research, most colleges and universities have created opportunities for students to have “civic experiences.” This monograph suggests that when campus and community leaders work intentionally to connect students’ civic experiences with learning and teaching, students’ learning becomes more fluid, more transformative, and more likely to inspire civic thought and action. Civic Learning and Teaching is available as a PDF.

More information about Civic Learning and Teaching and The Civic Series is available here.

View the full monograph here.

Professional Development Opportunity: 2015 Gateway Course Experience Conference

By Sara Stein Koch, Institute Fellow, John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

gardner instituteLast year over 300 faculty, staff and other interested educators came together to focus on improving institutional and student performance in gateway courses – courses that launch students on majors or programs of study. Many of these courses have high failure rates and thus close the door to student progression toward degree.

This year we anticipate another important occasion to share and learn about best practices and promising efforts with gateway courses as we offer the 2015 Gateway Course Experience Conference.

Purposes for attending the conference include:

  • To engage in cross functional discussions about excellence  in teaching, faculty development, and curriculum redesign for high enrollment, high risk gateway courses
  • To inform institution leaders, faculty, and staff about the latest promising practices related to gateway course success.
  • To explore the opportunities to utilize technology such as analytics, early warning systems, academic help labs, and other tools and/or approaches to improve gateway course success
  • To participate in discussions about pre-enrollment placement and preparation strategies for gateway course success
  • To develop further understanding of the body of knowledge about gateway courses and completion

Click here to submit your proposal

Higher education professionals and educators are invited to submit proposals for the Annual Gateway Course Experience Conference. Innovative concurrent session proposals are invited on topics addressing the research, challenges and practices related to gateway courses and student success. Gateway courses are defined as those undergraduate courses with high failure rates.

Proposal Deadline is December 12, 2014.

For questions about proposal submissions, please contact Sara Stein Koch at

Download the Gateway Course Conference Flyer.

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