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NEW Institutional Civic Award for AASCU Campuses | Applications Due 4/21

AASCU E&I Awards

The ADP Steering Committee is please to announce the newest AASCU Excellence and Innovation Awards program award: the Civic Learning and Community Engagement Award. Full description, award deadline and application process are described below.

Purpose and Description of the Awards

The purpose of these awards is to recognize and honor AASCU institutions demonstrating excellence and innovation in their approach to achieving student success, regional and economic development, international education, teacher education, and leadership development and diversity.

The awards provide a means to collect and disseminate information about successful, replicable programs and practices and to support campus efforts to improve their institutions.

Award recipients will receive an engraved sculpture and recognition at the AASCU Annual Meeting. During the Annual Meeting, AASCU will present short videos about each of the award-winning programs. During the summer of 2017, each winning organization will be asked to work with AASCU and our audio-visual vendor on developing and delivering original and/or existing video content about the winning program. Recipients will also be recognized in the AASCU magazine, Public Purpose, and on the AASCU website. AASCU will also acknowledge award recipients in national media outlets and take other steps to ensure public recognition of award winners’ accomplishments.

Eligibility

AASCU member institutions (including system offices) in good financial standing that have demonstrated significant and intentional support for a program or programs in one or more of the award categories may apply. Support may be demonstrated as significant and intentional in the form of sustained effort over a period of time or as support and backing of a single major effort or initiative. Evidence that the program or initiative has achieved measurable outcomes is essential. Evidence of results may be quantitative or qualitative

General Criteria

In addition to these general criteria for the awards overall, each award category specifies additional criteria that award applications must address.

  1. There is evidence of executive level support and engagement in ensuring the success of the program or initiative;
  2. The program or initiative is connected to the institutional vision, mission and strategic agenda and supports institutional change;
  3. There is evidence that the program or initiative has led to significant institutional improvements or innovative programming;
  4. The program or initiative is grounded in research and incorporates best practices in the field.

Civic Learning and Community Engagement Award

The Civic Learning and Community Engagement Award honors institutions that demonstrate a strategic commitment to prioritizing, institutionalizing and advancing student civic learning and community engagement in regional, state and/or national communities. This award recognizes colleges/universities that are working to develop campus cultures that recognize and reward engagement that 1) fosters student learning and civic skill building; 2) rewards faculty teaching and scholarship for civic purposes and with engaging pedagogies and practices; and 3) partners meaningfully with community members and organizations to solve pressing problems and build more just and equitable communities.

Specific criteria for Civic Learning and Community Engagement Award:

  • The institution must demonstrate that commitment to civic learning and community engagement are tied to institutional vision, mission and/or strategic agenda.
  • The institution must demonstrate a combination of innovative programs and efforts along with sustained and measured progress toward institutionalizing civic learning and community engagement efforts.
  • The institution must demonstrate that commitment to civic learning and engagement exists across the curriculum, student involvement, and campus processes.
  • The institution must demonstrate that community engagement efforts are strategic, comprehensive and reciprocal.

AASCU Contact: Jen Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project

APPLY ONLINE (Due April 21, 2017)
Award recipients (two per category) will be notified in mid to late June.

7 AASCU Campuses Awarded BTtoP Campus Dialogue Grants

Congratulations to the seven AASCU campuses that received one of 31 Campus Dialogue Grants for Realizing Higher Education’s Greater Purposes from Bringing Theory to Practice! The seven campuses include:

  • California State University Chico
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Humboldt State University (Calif.)
  • Rowan University (N.J.)
  • SUNY Buffalo State College (N.Y.)
  • University of Houston Downtown (Texas)
  • University of Washington Bothell

According to the BTtoP website:

Under the 2017-2018 RFP, campus dialogue grants of up to $5,000 for a single institution were offered to provide support for one-year projects based around thematically integrated gatherings or dialogues involving a core group of diverse campus constituents. The 31 awarded grants, chosen from a meritorious group of over 230 proposals, will provide support for one-year projects (calendar year 2017) based around a set of thematically integrated gatherings or “dialogues” involving a core group of diverse campus constituents. Including required matching funds, the dedicated amount for these projects totals over $450,000. BTtoP’s support for these projects was made possible through the Endeavor Foundation of New York City.

While the designs of the proposed dialogues and the rosters of intended dialogue participants reflect each institution’s unique campus culture and attentiveness to current issues, ultimately these projects will facilitate the greater purposes of higher education: learning and discovery, well-being, civic engagement, and preparation for living meaningfully in the world. BTtoP’s hope is that these dialogues will lead to a change in the narrative around higher education from one that views a college education primarily as a pathway to a better job to one that views higher education as a pathway to a better life.

For their formal grant reporting requirement, awarded Campus Dialogue grantees will be invited and expected to participate as authors on a campus dialogue grant WordPress site: https://bttopcampusdialoguegrants.wordpress.com/. Through the WordPress site, BTtoP hopes to encourage a forum for building a transparent and collaborative community of practice, as well as foster relationships among grantees.

You’ll find the full story here: BTtoP Awards 31 Campus Dialogue Grants for Realizing Higher Education’s Greater Purposes

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