The Campus Election Engagement Project has created a set of nonpartisan resources that may be useful to your campus curricular and co-curricular program efforts:
- HOW CAMPUSES CAN TALK ABOUT THE PROPOSED FEDERAL BUDGET
With President Trump’s proposed budget touching every aspect of American life, Campus Election Engagement Project has pulled together a nonpartisan resource on ways campuses can use this teachable moment to bring discussion of the budget’s implications into classes throughout the curriculum, and to distribute it in other ways. CEEP has included framing questions, links to key summaries, and examples of how different disciplines can weave it into the curriculum. Given how much the budget affects every community in America, CEEP hopes you’ll distribute it as widely as possible to Deans, Department Chairs, your faculty Senate chair, and faculty in general. You can also distribute it to the campus newspaper, and to student affairs staffers who might be able to arrange community discussions or discussions in dorms. Here’s a PDF version as well as this link to the version on the website.
- THE GORSUCH SUPREME COURT NOMINATION: A NONPARTISAN GUIDE
With the hearings on Judge Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination underway, CEEP created an updated nonpartisan guide based on his parallels with Justice Scalia. Please circulate to anyone who could use it in classrooms or other campus discussions, or anyone who’d be interested off-campus. You’ll find a mobile-friendly version here and printable PDF link here.
- WHAT IS AN EXECUTIVE ORDER? GUIDE
Give the number of executive orders released recently and the controversy and legal actions surrounding some, you may find the CEEP/Rock The Vote guide on presidential executive orders useful. You’ll find updated version here.
We had a record number of participants for our joint American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment Civic Competency & Engagement: Building an Impactful Assessment Process webinar, which was supported by ETS.
ETS is continually engaging in the research and practice of higher education student learning outcomes assessment, and has recently built assessment frameworks in the areas of Civic Competency and Engagement as well as Intercultural Competency and Diversity. To stay informed on the development of these unique assessment modules, and take advantage of early adopter offers, visit the ETS mailing list sign-up page and select “College Program Assessments (Student Learning Outcomes and Student Success).” You may also learn more about ETS’s work with institutions to support effective student learning outcomes processes by visiting their website: www.ets.org/highered.
SLIDES & RECORDING
You can access a pdf version of the webinar slides. The full recording can be viewed here (1 hour and 3 minutes).
In addition, here are two ETS publications that were mentioned during the webinar that may be useful as you reflect on how we assess civic competency and engagement.
ASSESSMENT PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS AT CLDE 2017
Wednesday, June 7th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Civic Engagement Assessment Pre-Conference Workshops with Networking Lunch
Organizers: H. Anne Weiss, Director of Assessment, Indiana Campus Compact and Assessment Specialist in Community Engagement, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; and Ross Markle, Senior Research & Assessment Director, Global Higher Education Division, ETS
Attend both half-day assessment pre-conference workshops for a reduced price and participate in our assessment networking lunch from Noon – 1 p.m. Alternatively, you can register for either the morning or afternoon session.
- 9 a.m. – Noon | Planning for Institution-Wide Data Collection on Civic and Community Engagement
- 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Measuring Civic Outcomes During College (see below)
You’ll find more information about the 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement conference (CLDE17) here. Register by May 1 for our best rates.
Learn about upcoming ADP events.
We are excited to share that our colleagues at NASPA and the Campus Vote Project (CVP) announced their first inaugural class of Voter Friendly Campus Designees.
The Voter Friendly Campus Designation was developed in 2016 after the Fair Elections Legal Network’s Campus Vote Project partnered with NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education to support and recognize two-year and four-year, public and private institutions of higher education throughout the United States to engage college students by promoting voter registration and voting.
Campuses were evaluated on student voter engagement plans for the fall 2016 election, implementation of the plan and the results of their efforts. After careful evaluation, 83 campuses in 23 states were awarded the “Voter Friendly Campus” designation. Of those 83 campuses, 24 campuses are ADP campuses. This recognition will be effective from 2017-2018.
We are proud to endorse such an amazing project. We extend our congratulations to our colleagues at Campus Vote Project and NASPA as well as to all the designated campuses, especially the 24 ADP campuses:
- California State University, Chico
- California University of Pennsylvania
- East Carolina University
- Florida International University
- Fort Hays State University
- James Madison University
- Kennesaw State University
- Northeastern Illinois University
- SUNY College at Brockport
- SUNY Geneseo
- Texas A&M University – Central Texas
- Towson University
- The College of New Jersey
- University of Alaska Anchorage
- University of Central Florida
- University of Central Oklahoma
- University of North Carolina at Charlotte
- University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- University of North Carolina at Pembroke
- Weber State University
- West Chester University of Pennsylvania
- Western Carolina University
- Winona State University
- Winthrop University
AASCU’s American Democracy Project, and The Democracy Commitment in partnership with the Kettering Foundation are proud to announce a special professional development opportunity for area students, faculty, and staff interested in a moderator training for deliberative dialogues. We will be hosting a Deliberative Dialogue Moderator Training Workshop on Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), 1307 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005.
- Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, American Democracy Project National Manager, AASCU
- Verdis LeVar Robinson, National Director, The Democracy Commitment
- John R. Dedrick, Vice President and Program Director, Kettering Foundation
- Kara Lindaman, Professor of Political Science/Public Administration, Winona State University (Minn.)
- William Muse, President Emeritus, National Issues Forum Institute
- John J. Theis, Director of the Center For Civic Engagement, Lone Star College (TX)
Democratic dialogue and deliberation build civic capacities and consciences to tackle the highly salient and most complex wicked problems facing communities today. It rejects the expert model of technical expertise and specialization towards a truly democratic framework of accessibility and empowerment. The practice of dialogue and deliberation cultivates student abilities necessary to explore enduring and multidisciplinary questions and solve persistent public problems. Thus, the capacities necessary for productive and meaningful dialogue and deliberation—critical thinking, empathic listening, creative problem solving, ethical leadership, collaboration, issue framing—are not only essential for sustaining a vibrant democracy, they are the best preparation for our students/citizens/graduates to be successful in the 21st century.
This training will guarantee your eligibility to be a moderator at our 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) meeting’s Dialogue and Deliberation Plenary Session: “ Safety and Justice: How Should Communities Reduce Violence?” on Friday, June 9, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Please join us for this free training by registering HERE by Friday, March 31, 2017. Lunch will be provided. Click here for the tentative agenda.
For questions and more information, please contact Verdis L. Robinson at email@example.com or (202) 476-4656.
ALL IN Challenge Webinar Series:
MAKING SENSE OF THE CAMPUS DEMOCRATIC ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVES
Tuesday, February 28 | 2 PM EST | 60 minutes
You may have asked yourself if your campus is eligible to join the American Democracy Project or The Democracy Commitment. Or perhaps you’ve wondered whether you can apply for the Voter Friendly Campus Designation or join the ALL IN Challenge. These are good questions.
The higher education democratic engagement ecosystem is filled with exceptional programs. But so many programs can be overwhelming for campuses to navigate and fully understand. If you’ve been scratching your head, we hope you’ll join us for a presentation designed to end the confusion.
Participants will hear from representatives from AASCU, Campus Compact, Civic Nation, Fair Elections Legal Network, NASPA, The Democracy Commitment and Young Invincibles about their programs to increase student voting and advance civic learning on college campuses. Panelists will discuss the goals of each program, and how they differ from and build upon each other’s work. Campuses will get a clear understanding of which programs are the right fit for their campus and how to get involved with each.
Clarissa Unger, Young Invincibles & the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition
Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, AASCU’s American Democracy Project
Catherine Fish, Civic Nation’s ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge
Maggie Grove, Campus Compact
Debi Lombardi, Fair Election Legal Network’s Campus Vote Project
Stephanie Reynolds, NASPA’s Lead Initiative
Verdis LeVar Robinson, The Democracy Commitment
For questions or additional information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org