A Future-Oriented Democratic Revival (Volume 2, Issue 1)
A Future-Oriented Democratic Revival (Volume 2, Issue 1)
SAVE THE DATE
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BLOG
Minnesota ADP/TDC/CC Civic Summit
September 28-29, 2014, St. Cloud State University (Minn.) will host a collaborative regional civic engagement conference, designed by two partner organizations, AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP) and Minnesota Campus Compact, and now joined by a new community college civic education organization, The Democracy Commitment (TDC). The conference brings together administrators, faculty, staff, students and community partners to further advance the progress we have made together at a regional summit at on September 28 and 29, 2014. Read more here.
#ADPTDC14 Meeting in Review: Forging Civic Pathways for Student Success
Our recent 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting in Louisville, Ky. brought together a collection of faculty, students, administrators, community partners and representatives from our national sponsor and partner organizations committed to advancing civic learning and engagement through public higher education. Collectively, we considered how to advance civic pathways for student success—by identifying existing pathways and forging new ones. We also contemplated the role of social media in our work and the relationship between journalism and our democracy. Together, we celebrated another year of doing hard and important work by sharing stories and strategies for scaling up and focusing our efforts to drive civic learning and engagement into the core of higher education. We committed ourselves to continuing to work to equip all students with the civic knowledge, skills, experiences and dispositions they need to be successful throughout their careers and as citizens. Read more here. You can also read about the 2014 ADP/TDC Day of Service
What We’re Reading: The Impossible Will Take a Little While
Paul Loeb, founder of the Campus Election Engagement Project, has an updated edition of his political hope anthology, The Impossible Will Take a Little While. Loeb distributed free exam copies at June’s 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting. Read more here.
Economic Inequality: Announcing a Joint ADP/TDC National Initiative
This joint national initiative is being organized by teams at ADP’s Keene State College (N.H.) and TDC’s Mount Wachusett Community College (Mass.). We are looking to identify two- and four-year institutions interested in helping us engage and begin to form civic pathways around this topic. A formal call for participation will be forthcoming. Read more here.
Massachusetts Adopts Policy on Civic Learning for Public Higher Education
In May, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) became the first in the nation to adopt a policy on civic learning for public college and university students. With the new policy, public two- and four- year higher education institutions in Massachusetts will be required to incorporate civic learning as an “expected outcome” for undergraduate students. Read more here.
Student Spotlight: CSU Fresno’s Elizabeth Olenchalk
California State University, Fresno junior Elizabeth Olenchalk was named a 2014 Newman Civic Fellow in recognition of her commitment to community service and civic leadership. Read more here.
Partners & Friends
DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
August 4-8: ADP’s 2014 Stewardship of Public Lands Faculty Seminar in Yellowstone
September 17: Constitution Day
September 28: National Voter Registration Day
September 28-29: Minnesota ADP/TDC/CC Civic Summit
October 10: NCoC’s National Conference (Washington, DC)
November 4: Election Day
Please join us on Tuesday, July 22nd at 2pm EST for a free webinar to learn more about the National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement (NASCE). As part of an ongoing partnership with AASCU’s American Democracy Project and NASPA’s Lead Initiative, the NASCE assessment is being offered to member institutions at a 50% discount for the 2014-2015 academic year.
The NASCE is a web-based survey administered by the Siena College Research Institute that measures an institution’s overall levels of community engagement by evaluating the rate, frequency, and depth of student community service across 9 areas of human need, and assessing student motivations for, obstacles to, and perceptions of service. To date, the instrument has been completed by more than 30,000 college students from over 60 institutions.
For this webinar, join Dr. Don Levy, Director of the Siena College Research Institute and co-creator of the NASCE as he describes the methodology of the instrument, the survey administration process, and the utility of the data for institutional strategic planning related to community engagement.
When: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 2 PM Eastern
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with your intent to participate in this free webinar. You’ll be provided with login details upon confirming your participation!
More information is available on this flyer.
The NextGen Illinois project is a new initiative by the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network, Young Invincibles, and several other Illinois organizations to activate young people to shape a unique policy agenda for the state of Illinois, and to equip young adults with the tools to create change within their communities. With the 2014 state elections fast approaching, NextGenIL is working to energize students about state issues and ask them for solutions to some of the state’s biggest challenges.
To gather policy ideas from young people NextGenIL is hosting caucuses, or group discussions, all across Illinois. On September 27, 2014 NextGenIL will gather together 1500 participants (between the ages of 16-34) to vote on some of the best ideas that young people have contributed throughout the process. The resulting agenda, containing the best ideas and supported by young people from all over the state will be delivered to elected officials, candidates, and influential leaders in our state to help shape the conversation for the elections this November and beyond.
For more information, check out the attached info page and newsletter outlining upcoming events. Visit: www.NextGenIL.org to explore the issues students have discussed already.
NextGenIL and AASCU’s American Democracy Project
AASCU’s presence on several campuses in Illinois means there is a network of active faculty and administrators with great connections to students who are interested in public policy and civic activity. NextGenIL would like to connect those students and their faculty members with this great opportunity for student involvement!
NextGenIL is looking for faculty and administrative support for the NextGenIL project on Illinois college campuses in the form of hosting a caucus (20-30 people), discussing or promoting the NextGenIL project during classes, promoting attendance at the convention or asking students to submit their own policy ideas.
For example, professors could opt to host a NextGenIL caucus during their first day of classes this fall to round out the typical focus on the semesters syllabus for a more engaging class. Additionally, offering to help secure space on campus for a caucus and offering extra credit for student participation is a great way to encourage attendance. Hosting a NextGenIL caucus could also be a great way to honor Constitution Day this fall. The NextGenIL team is happy to work with you to customize participation in the project in a way that works for you. But at the heart of NextGenIL is bringing young people of our state together to discuss important aspects of state policy and allowing them to brainstorm their own creative solutions.
Ten years ago, St. Cloud State University (Minn.) hosted one of the first collaborative regional conferences of AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP) and Minnesota Campus Compact. Today, civic engagement is more widely recognized as a strategy for supporting students’ academic success and preparation for work, life and citizenship. Yet our work is not finished, and our campuses continue to seek deeper integration of civic learning and engagement into the student experience and campus culture, as well as a clearer sense of the public and educational value of civic work.
This September 28th and 29th, St. Cloud State University will again host another collaborative regional civic engagement conference, designed by two partner organizations, AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP) and Minnesota Campus Compact, and now joined by a new community college civic education organization, The Democracy Commitment (TDC). The conference brings together administrators, faculty, staff, students and community partners to further advance the progress we have made together at a regional summit at on September 28 and 29, 2014.
Those in attendance at the Realizing the Civic Mission of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities conference can expect to:
Participation is open to anyone interested. While we encourage participants to come as part of an institutional team, individual campus representatives are also welcome. To find out more about the schedule, conference fees and accommodations, and to register for the event, please visit: http://www.aascu.org/meetings/adptdcregional14/. We thank Hobsons for generously supporting this event and helping to make this program possible.
By Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager
Heading to Louisville for #ADPTDC14? Over the next two weeks leading up to our June 5-7 ADP/TDC Joint National Meeting in this City of Compassion, we’ll be highlighting reasons that we’re #LovinLouisville.
Reason #5? Our sponsors and partners!
We’re excited to introduce you to the array of stellar sponsors and partner organizations that will be present in Louisville to support our ADP and TDC civic learning and engagement work.
From ADP’s founding partner and ongoing corporate sponsor The New York Times in Education to the sponsorships of Echoing Green’s Work on Purpose, GiveGab, Lyon Software, The Washington Center, and TurboVote, we are thankful for the financial and programmatic support of our valued sponsors. We encourage you to learn more about our sponsors via the information below and their websites, as well as by visiting with their representatives at the national meeting.
Partners & Friends
ADP and TDC are also very appreciative of the efforts and support of our partners and friends – organizations whom we work with on specific initiatives and programmatic efforts and who are themselves influential forces in the civic engagement movement.
Be sure to learn more about the following partners and friends during the Campus & Friends Showcase Thursday evening and in various sessions throughout the meeting:
Divided We Fail: Why it’s Time for a Broader, More Inclusive Conversation on the Future of Higher Education
A 2014 Report by Public Agenda
This is a final report on the 2013 National Issues Forums on higher education using the issue guide Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?
This report describes the thinking of college students, parents, professors, employers, retirees, and others who have gathered in more than 115 public forums around the country to deliberate on the future of higher education. Held under the auspices of the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI), in collaboration with the American Commonwealth Partnership (ACP), and The Democracy Commitment (TDC), these deliberative forums began in summer 2012 and will continue through summer 2014. All three conveners are nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations.
Read the full report here: http://kettering.org/wp-content/uploads/PA-KF-Divided-We-Fail-Final.pdf
Becoming Stewards of Place:
Strategies for Institution-Community Engagement
AASCU’s Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change
May 7th, 2014 | Noon-1:30 PM (Eastern)
About the Session
In 2002, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) published a monograph, Stepping Forward as Stewards of Place, arguing that regional comprehensive universities have a special opportunity to serve their communities. At a time when traditional institutions feel besieged by a rapidly changing landscape, defining themselves as “stewards of place” offers new possibilities. Collaborating with communities, and thinking of the border between campus and community as porous and permeable, provides new insights and opportunities for teaching, research, and service. The community becomes the classroom, the focus for collaborative research, and the opportunity for service. This webinar will focus on AASCU’s two 2014 monographs in the Stewards of Place series, both of which demonstrate that stewardship of place can make institutions stronger and more relevant in the 21st century. One study examines AASCU applications for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification in 2008 and 2010, offering analysis of the models and approaches used for this emerging area of collaboration. The other monograph identifies four key areas of stewardship: civic engagement, P-12 schools, community and economic development, and internationalization
About the Presenter
George Mehaffy serves as the Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). His division is responsible for a number of special programs and projects for AASCU presidents and chief academic officers in the areas of leadership and organizational change in higher education, focusing on issues such as technology, teacher education, international education, and civic engagement. His most prominent recent initiative was the design and launch of the Red Balloon Project, an effort to assist member institutions in adapting to the rapidly changing world of higher education. Other recent projects have included international partnership programs in Asia and Africa, an articulation and transfer initiative with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC); a multi-state project on evidence in teacher education; a collaborative effort with two other national organizations on graduation rates and Hispanic student success; and a series of technology conferences for university teams at the University of Central Florida in partnership with EDUCAUSE. In 2003, he launched a new civic engagement initiative, the American Democracy Project (ADP), a partnership with The New York Times and more than 250 AASCU colleges and universities, representing more than 1.8 million students
PAGE is accepting applications for 2014-2015 Fellows!
PAGE (Publicly Active Graduate Education) is Imagining America’s network for publicly engaged graduate students in humanities, arts, and design. PAGE enhances the theoretical and practical tools for public engagement, fosters a national, interdisciplinary community of peers and veteran scholars, and creates opportunities for collaborative knowledge production. The PAGE consortium, made up of alumni and allies of the program, promotes opportunities for mentorship and peer support from IA’s network.
Imagining America (IA) invites graduate students with a demonstrated interest in public scholarship and/or artistic practice to apply for a 2014-2015 PAGE Fellowship. Awardees receive $500 to attend a half-day Fellows Summit on October 8th and the 2014 Imagining America national conference, October 9th-11th in Atlanta, Georgia.
Fellows also commit to participating in a yearlong working group to promote collaborative art-making, teaching, writing, and research projects. PAGE alumni and Fellows will work together to organize monthly conference calls around themes and questions relevant to the needs of publicly engaged graduate students. In doing so, PAGE looks to foster a cohort of Fellows interested in pursuing collective and innovative scholarly practices. Fellows are asked to be active participants in the Imagining America network through posting on the IA blog, presenting at regional meetings or campus workshops, or other related professional convenings. Additionally, each Fellow will be tasked with co-facilitating a webinar or workshop during the 2014-2015 academic year. Past examples include: book group discussions, virtual dinner parties, guest lectures, skill-building demonstrations, and music performances.
Graduate students from IA member campuses at all stages of their MA/MFA/PhD programs may apply to be PAGE Fellows.
The submission deadline is May 16th.
For more information and to apply, click here.
Frontiers of Democracy
July 16-18, 2014
Tufts University, Boston, MA
Who’s on the bus, and where is it going? The state of the civic field
Civic work is proliferating: many different kinds of people, working in different contexts and issue areas, are expanding the ways in which citizens engage with government, community, and each other. It is increasingly clear that growing inequality, social and political fragmentation, and lack of democratic opportunities are undermining our efforts to address public priorities such as health, education, poverty, the environment, and government reform.
But attempts to label the responses – as “civic engagement,” “collaborative governance,” “deliberative democracy,” or “public work” – or to articulate them as one movement or policy agenda under a heading like “civic renewal” or “stronger democracy” – immediately spark debates about substance, strategy, and language.
Though it is clear we have many principles and practices in common, we differ on what we should call this work and where it is headed. In order for “overlapping civic coalitions”* to form, the potential partners would have to work through goals, assumptions, and differences. Register now and join us July 16-18 for an invigorating, argumentative, civil discussion on the state and future of the civic field.
Visit the Frontiers of Democracy website for more information and a preliminary agenda.
* Peter Levine, We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For, chapter 7 (“Strategies”)