Nominations for Three ADP National Awards Due April 13, 2015

Nominations for ADP’s three national civic engagement awards are due Monday, April 13, 2015.

Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement

Willam M. Plater

Willam M. Plater

AASCU’s American Democracy Project seeks nominations for the William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement.  The Award is given each year to an AASCU chief academic officer in recognition of his or her leadership in advancing the civic mission of the campus. Funded through the generosity of Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis, the award acknowledges the critical leadership role that chief academic officers play in helping make an institution intentional about its public mission to prepare undergraduates as informed, engaged citizens.

The Plater Award, presented annually, includes an engraved commemorative and $1,000.  The Award recipient will be announced at the annual meeting of the American Democracy Project, June 4-6, 2015 in New Orleans, La..  The Award can also be presented on the recipient’s campus.

Nomination and Selection Process: Chief academic officers may be nominated by anyone on the campus. The president or chancellor must endorse the nomination.
Nomination materials for the 2015 Plater Award must be submitted electronically by April 13, 2015.


Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement

John Saltmarsh

John Saltmarsh

AASCU’s American Democracy Project seeks nominations for the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement.  The Saltmarsh Award is presented annually to an emerging leader in the civic engagement field from an AASCU institution or ADP Partner organization. The Award recipient will receive an engraved commemorative and a check for $500. The Award recipient will be announced at the annual meeting of the American Democracy Project, June 4-6, 2015 in New Orleans, La.

Support for the award comes from Bill Plater and the royalties from the 2011 book To Serve a larger Purpose”: Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education (Temple University Press) edited by John Saltmarsh and Matthew Hartley.

Nomination and Selection Process: Emerging Leaders may be nominated by anyone.
Nomination materials for the 2015 Saltmarsh Award must be submitted electronically by April 13, 2015. 


Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement

Barbara Burch

Barbara Burch

AASCU’s American Democracy Project seeks nominations for the Barbara Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement.  The Burch Award is presented annually to a senior faculty member in the civic engagement field from an AASCU institution. The Award recipient will receive an engraved commemorative and a check for $500. The Award recipient will be announced at the annual meeting of the American Democracy Project, June 4-6, 2015 in New Orleans, La.

Nomination and Selection Process: Senior Faculty members may be nominated by anyone. The provost or chief academic officer must endorse the nomination.
Nomination materials for the 2015 Burch Award must be submitted electronically by April 13, 2015. 

Learn the Value of Institutional Impact Reports in a Free Webinar with Lyon Software

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Join us for a free webinar about Institutional Impact Reports on Wednesday, March 11 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern.
Register here!

As a non-profit college or university, telling the story of your institution’s community involvement is crucial. Are you currently collecting the information you need to create your institutional impact report?

Institutional impact reports are a way for colleges and universities to share all of the steps they are taking to improve their local communities. Impact reports allow colleges and universities to show the bigger picture of what their institution is doing to serve their community, how their activities align with their mission, and validate their not-for-profit status. As stewards of place or anchor institutions, colleges and universities have the responsibility of being good stewards of their resources. Impact reports provide a way of demonstrating to students, staff members, and the community, that you are using your resources wisely. Show your community how you are making an impact!

If you are interested in learning more about the value of institutional impact reports and how your school may benefit from tracking your service-learning and community engagement information join our webinar! On March 11th at 2 p.m. Eastern we will be hosting an informational webinar on institutional impact reports and an opportunity to partner with Lyon Software. The webinar will walk viewers through some of the basic benefits and advantages of impact reporting. Join us to learn how institutional impact reports can help you see how your current service-learning and community engagement activities align with the culture and values of your institution. See how other anchor institutions are providing community members with the bigger picture of how they are serving the community and showing how they are living out their mission.

Unsure of what to include on your institutional impact report or where to start? We will also be highlighting some of the key components needed to create an institutional impact report. Lyon Software will provide webinar viewers with a summary of the details often included in an institutional impact report as well as some sample reports. Find out how to help your community see the big picture and show them what you are doing to make your area a smarter, safer and better place to live, learn and work.

Webinar viewers will also be among the first to hear about Lyon Software’s AASCU User Group Opportunity. During this year’s Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting Lyon Software will be extending an offer to AASCU member institutions (including ADP and TDC campuses) allowing them to join a user group for their software CBISA Plus. CBISA Plus is a planning, managing, and tracking tool higher education institutions can utilize in creating their institutional impact reports. AASCU CBISA User Group members will receive their CBISA Software subscriptions at a discounted price and have the opportunity to work closely with Lyon Software. User group members will have full access to all of the newest benefits and features of the premiere package, CBISA Plus. AASCU members wishing to join the CBISA user group will be among the first to provide feedback on the new Community Needs and Goals modules. Lyon Software is very excited to team up with AASCU and hear the insight user group members will be able to provide!

Click here to learn more about CBISA Plus for Higher Education. You can also contact Crystal Randolph at crandolph@lyonsoftware.com or at 419.882.7184 for additional information.

Sign up for the Institutional Impact Report Webinar here. Webinar is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

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What We’re Reading: Realizing STEM Equity and Diversity through Higher Education-Community Engagement

The new National Science Foundation-Supported White Paper “Realizing STEM Equity and Diversity through Higher Education-Community Engagement” (January 2015) is what we’re reading.

The purpose of this white paper is to present a promising approach to advancing equity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through higher education-community engagement. This paper will advance both the understanding and practice in the field by presenting key findings and recommendations for effective higher education-community engagement in STEM.

This paper is the product of a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the University of Pennsylvania, which supported an international workshop on the role of institutions of higher education in fostering P-20+ community engagement through knowledge production, human capacity building (including broadening participation and the integration of research and education), innovation, and social cohesion. This white paper summarizes the learning and knowledge generated through the international workshop held in the U.S., as well as a second international meeting held in South Africa.

Authored by Ira Harkavy, Nancy Cantor and Myra Burnett, this paper concludes with a series of recommendations, derived from the two international workshops, which have powerful implications for significantly enhancing STEM equity, driving broader participation and producing better science. Moreover, the findings in this white paper demonstrate the value of learning and collaboration on a global basis for reducing inequalities in STEM in communities throughout the world.

A PDF of the white paper can be found here.


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