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Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Action Network News

Publications to Support Civically Engaged Higher Education Professionals

Beyond Politics as Usual: Paths for Engaging College Students in Politicsedited by the Kettering Foundation, offers best practices to instill democratic engagement in students. The practices and approaches explored in this volume center around the various angles of deliberative dialogue.

The Campus Compact’s publication, Using Action Inquiry in Engaged Research, An Organizing Guide, offers “practical guidance and methods for using the Action Inquiry Model (AIM) in engaged research initiatives and community partnerships.”

NASPA’s Lead Initiative Guest Blog Offers Examples and Experiences from Civically Engaged Campuses

NASPA’s Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement offers a selection of recent guest blog posts from two- and four-year campuses that explore the benefits of student civic learning and highlight campus accomplishments and the lessons they learned.

Free Ebook to Foster Web Literacy

AASCU’s American Democracy Project recently shared an update on their Digital Polarization Initiative(#DigiPo) announcing the free ebook, Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers, by Michael Arthur Caulfield. This ebook can be used with students to help fact check the news and online stories.


The Kettering Foundation, Campus Compact, NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and AASCU’s American Democracy Project are members of the CLDE Action Network, an alliance of twelve leading civic learning organizations convened by AAC&U. Responding to the ambitious goals set forth in A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s Future, the CLDE Action Network coordinates, constructs, and advances efforts to prepare college students for informed and responsible citizenship and make civic inquiry and engagement expected rather than elective in college. See the CLDE events calendar for upcoming civic conferences and webinars.

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