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CIRCLE: The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement recently released an analysis of Millennial voter registration and turnout rates after the 2014 midterm election yielded the lowest number of ballots cast by 18-29 year-olds in U.S. history.
Based upon data from the November 2014 midterm elections released from the United States Census, CIRCLE examined the “under-mobilization” of youth in comparison to the increase in campaign funding, and stressed the importance of outreach. In a separate but connected report, they investigated what young people look for in candidates in order to offer ideas for engagement for this demographic.
Read the interpreted Census data here.
Then, check out the candidate qualities that youth are concerned about here.
By Renee Baharaeen, AASCU Civic Engagement Intern and Truman State University Student
The College Readiness Institute – hosted in Washington, DC by Reach for College! – brought together educators and community organizers this past week to learn about preparing students for college success.
The first day of the institute featured influential guest plenary speakers including Terry Reed (George Washington University), Eric Waldo (White House Reach Higher Initiative), Ivory A. Toldson (White House Initiative on HBCUs), and Tobi Printz-Platnick (The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation). The speakers shared their insights about education and problems currently facing the U.S. system as well as ways they believe the country can improve.
On day two of the event, students from George Washington University’s early college program spoke about their current experiences in the education system. The panelists highlighted challenges they faced as well as what allowed them to be successful.
The institute also offered several breakout sessions and workshops to provide educators and community organizations with classroom tactics that will engage students in viewing post-secondary education as a realistic goal. Workshops ranged from teaching strategies for helping students navigate the scholarship process and prepare for the SAT/ACT to addressing the relationship between students, teachers and parents.
Learn more about Reach for College! on the organization’s website.
These are some of the civic engagement dates and deadlines marked on our calendars. Does your campus or organization have some that we missed? Let us know, and we’ll add them!
- September 7: Labor Day
- September 11th: September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance
- September 22nd: National Voter Registration Day
- September 26th: National Public Lands Day
- September 29th-October 1st: Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference, Penn State
- September 30th-October 3rd: Imagining America Conference, Baltimore
- October 9th-10th: National Conference on Citizenship, Washington, DC
- October 14th-17th: Eastern Regional Campus Compact Conference, Newark
- October 19th-22nd: Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service, Houston
- October 22nd-23rd: Pen to Paper Writing Retreat: Writing With, For and About Service – and Community Engagement, Shelbyville, MI
- October 25th-28th: Assessment Institute at IUPUI, Indianapolis
- November 3: Election Day
- November 5th-7th: TnCIS Conference on International Education, Memphis
- November 6th-8th: CSNAP! Student Service Leaders Conference, Pembroke, NC
- November 11th: Veteran’s Day
- November 14th-15th: Lynton Colloquium on Scholarship and Engagement, Boston
- November 16th – 18th: International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement Conference, Boston
- January 18th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
- February 4th: National Day of Courage
- February 10th: Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) Conference, High Point, NC
- March 20th-23rd: National Campus Compact – 30th Anniversary Conference, Boston
- April 22nd: Earth Day
- June 2-4: ADP/TDC/NASPA #CLDE16 Meeting, Indianapolis
- June 14th: Flag Day
- July 4: Independence Day
- August 1-6: ADP Stewardship of Public Lands Seminar, Yellowstone
Higher Learning Research Communications Call for Papers
Special Issue on “Higher Education, Community Engagement, and the Global Public Good”
Abstracts Requested by September 15, 2015
Special Issue Guest Co-Editors: Genevieve G. Shaker and William M. Plater
Colleges and universities worldwide are increasingly aware of a shared responsibility for global conditions and of events that impact local communities— ranging from health care to climate change, from terrorism to technology, from food to finance. Not only do nations share a physical space, but they also share a future that transcends borders and that will be defined by responses to societal challenges and opportunities.
Comprised of the institutions responsible for preparing leaders in the many fields of human endeavor, the international higher education sector is recognizing an obligation to educate graduates who are effective local and national leaders because they understand and can interact in a globally interdependent world. Long embedded in local cultures and histories with their associated values, these institutions are being called upon to acknowledge, if not accommodate, different cultures and values and to meet performance standards defined by international authorities.
In this special edition of Higher Learning Research Communications celebrating the journal’s fifth anniversary, we invite scholars, administrators, and public policy officials to explore the role that colleges and universities can, should, and must play in addressing a shared public good for the benefit of local communities and for the preservation of our global shared space and future. Essays, policy analyses, reports of successful projects, or research papers are welcome on such topics as:
- How is the “public good” understood, defined and reflected in institutional mission with respect to both the local community and the world;
- Do all institutions have a duty to support or enhance the public good, whether global or local, regardless of public or private, profit or nonprofit status;
- How are local communities supported through institutional global interactions, policies, and practices;
- How are faculty, staff, and administrators engaged and supported in advancing the global public good as a part of their work;
- What educational strategies prepare graduates to be globally competent citizens able to act locally in an interdependent world;
- What measures of accountability demonstrate institutional effectiveness in serving the public good locally and transnationally;
- What shared civic learning outcomes (should) serve the global public good across nations and cultures; and
- How do global networks and associations advance the global public good?
Abstracts not to exceed 200 words will be accepted until September 15, 2015—with earlier submission preferred; full papers of 4,000-6,000 words (exclusive of references) accepted for peer review will be required not later than January 15, 2016. The special issue will be published online in June 2016 with a possible commemorative print edition to follow. All submissions accepted by the guest co-editors will be subject to double-blind peer review and editorial review by an international expert panel.
HLRC (ISSN:2157-6254) is an international, multilingual, open-access publication advancing knowledge about teaching and learning in higher education. Information about HLRC and how to submit abstracts for review may be found at www.HLRCJournal.com.
Questions may be directed to Thalia Nazario, JD, Consulting Managing Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Executive Editor Carmen M. Mendez, PhD, PE (email@example.com).
Genevieve G. Shaker, Senior Editor, is on the faculty of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) where she is assistant professor of philanthropic studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Associate Dean for Development and External Affairs in the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI; she is the editor of Faculty Work and the Public Good, published in 2015 by Teachers College Press of Columbia University.
William M. Plater, Associate Editor, is Indiana University Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs, Philanthropy, and English and IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties Emeritus; he is the former Senior Adviser for International Affairs at the WASC Senior College and University Commission; and he is a member of the National Advisory Panel for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.