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ADP 2.0: Envisioning our Next 10 Years Together

During the 2012-2013 academic year, the American Democracy Project, the largest unfunded civic engagement project that we all know of and love, will turn 10 years old. That’s right, ADP will be celebrating a decade of collective work to prepare AASCU undergraduates to be informed, engaged citizens for our democracy.

This summer, shortly after I began my position as the National Manager for ADP, Curt Brungardt from Fort Hays State University contacted me to talk about a re-imagining, continuous improvement exercise in which he was planning to engage his campus. Specifically, Curt spoke of imagining ADP 2.0. In the lingo of Web applications, 2.0 applications (as compared to 1.0 applications) are not only the next iteration of an existing application, but also facilitate collaboration, information sharing, and user-centered design. Rather than being passive, Web 2.0 applications include social media, blogs, Wikis, etc.

Curt talked with me about wanting to keep the aspects of ADP 1.0 that are working well and to create a space in which to envision what we might do next, what we might do better. So read below to hear about the work that Curt and FHSU are doing to continue the legacy of ADP. And then think about how you and your campus might contribute. Because, based on Curt’s premise, the theme for the 2012 ADP & TDC National Meeting will be Civic Engagement 2.0: Re-Imagining, Strengthening and Deepening Our Civic Work. We’ll think about some of the critical questions Curt raises and have an entire programmatic strand around ADP 2.0: Envisioning our Next 10 Years Together.

-Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager

By Curt Brungardt, Director of the Center for Civic Leadership and ADP Coordinator at Fort Hays State University

ADP 2.0

As we start our tenth year participating in the American Democracy Project, Fort Hays State University plans to assess and evaluate our ADP activities.  In a year-long continuous improvement exercise, students, faculty, and staff are going to focus on a number of key questions.  For example:

  • Are we doing the right things to develop citizenship?
  • Are we doing them effectively?
  • How can we improve our student and staff programming?
  • Do our program activities produce the desired outcomes?

It is our hope that we will develop Fort Hays State University’s own version of ADP 2.0.  We will review and discuss our purpose/mission/theme, potential partners (both on and off campus), curricular and co-curricular programming, seek new external opportunities, look to expand activities to our online students, search for long-term funding of ADP activities, and look for new strategies to institutionalize ADP programming.

To accomplish this task, we plan to implement a number of assessment and evaluation techniques.  They include data collection and evaluation, utilization of focus groups, university-wide forums, and research of national trends.  It is our hope that at the end of this extensive and comprehensive planning process, we will develop both short-term and long-term goals to implement ADP 2.0 at Fort Hays State University. We also intend for emergent strategies, tactics and programming to be embedded in a new interactive, more participative, discovery-driven, collaborative web site to help institutionalize the effort.

American Democracy Project 2.0: A Continuous Improvement Exercise

    1. Establish desired outcomes for FHSU’s ADP initiative.  This includes the development of student civic competencies and outcomes.
    2. Plan and develop curricular and co-curricular activities that produce desired student outcomes.
    3. Revise existing curricular and co-curricular activities to ensure alignment with desired outcomes.
    4. Develop methods that will measure progress towards the student outcomes.
    5. Establish partnerships and strengthen existing arrangements (both on and off campus) that will help implement ADP activities.
    6. Recognize and implement institutionalization strategies for ADP
    1. Notify campus community of the ADP 2.0 process and ask for their involvement and help.
    2. Meet with Provost Council and ask for their support and assistance in this process.
    3. Utilize the ADP university committee to develop desired student outcomes.
    4. Utilize social networking and other online tools to engage all stakeholders in a continuing conversation about ADP and civic engagement.
    5. Survey campus community about current ADP programming.
    6. Include larger campus community in discussing desired student outcomes.
    7. Utilize campus focus groups on assessing ADP.
    8. Evaluate survey assessment data and focus group data.
    9. Research national trends and best practices.
    10. Seek input from outside civic/political engagement experts.
    11. Seek input from virtual college students and our Chinese students.
    12. Seek input from Hays community representatives.
    13. University-wide forum to discuss our future plans.
    14. Finalize, implement, and institutionalize ADP 2.0.
      1. Short-term goals
      2. Long-term goals

For more information, see Curt’s call to the FHSU community to participate in ADP 2.0, here.

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