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Top 10 Desired Learning Outcomes for Participants of the ADP National Meeting

By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project

Below you will find the “Top 10 Desired Learning Outcomes” for participants of the ADP National Meeting in Orlando, Florida, June 2-4, 2011. I know some of you who read the ADP Blog  on a regular basis will not be able to join us in Orlando. I thought I’d share these Desired Learning Outcomes, though, because they reflect the progress we have made in ADP and the major lessons we have learned over the past nine years.

As many of you know, the ADP National Meeting is not a traditional academic conference. At the Meeting we hope to engage in a process of national cross-pollination. We have the goal of showcasing individual campus lessons learned and challenges faced throughout the ADP network. To this end, we encourage our presenters to compose presentations that give an assessment of what has worked on their campuses, what has not worked, and how challenges to doing civic work have been overcome.

I sent the list of learning outcomes to all presenters yesterday and I encouraged them to think outside of the PowerPoint presentation box. It will be exciting to see the types of presentations and sessions are created that will meet these desired learning outcomes.

Please plan to join us for the 9th Annual American Democracy Project National Meeting in Orlando, Florida, June 2-4, 2011. Registration, conference and hotel information can be found on this website.

Top 10 Desired Learning Outcomes for Participants of the ADP National Meeting

Ways of Knowing

1. Understand the field of civic engagement. What contributions has higher education made to the civic engagement movement? Get to know the major players in the American Democracy Project and where we are heading as a project.

2. Understand your community through engagement. Get to know the root causes of community problems and how universities might leverage their resources to solve these problems.

3. Understand higher education’s role in American democracy. What role does higher education play in ensuring we improve on and protect American democracy? Think about the major successes of the civic engagement movement and think about the important next steps for the movement.

Ways of Thinking

4. Think in terms of culture change. Much of the focus in ADP is on institutional intentionality. How might the culture of your campus be changed to create a focus on preparing students as citizens?

5. Think in terms of student learning outcomes. What are the best strategies for equipping undergraduate students with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes they need to be informed, engaged citizens? How can we effectively assess student learning outcomes?

6. Think in terms of networks. How might the ADP network aid you in your work on campus? What contributions can you make to the civic engagement movement through your involvement with the ADP network? How might you tap the networks in your community to solve public problems and activate student citizen leaders? Use the ADP National Meeting as a time to mine for program ideas and strategies that will help you institutionalize civic engagement on your campus.

Ways of Interacting

7. Think in terms of student leadership. How might students be activated as civic leaders on campus? How might faculty and students form equitable partnerships to prepare informed, engaged citizens?

8. Think in terms of reciprocity. How might university leaders create equitable partnerships with community leaders to address and solve community-based problems? What are the different types of expertise needed to do public work?

9. Think in terms of “We the People.” How might the university be used as a civic space for public work? How might university and community leaders partner with elected officials to solve public problems?

Ways of Being

10. Think in terms of Civic Agency. How might we activate our students and ourselves to be civic agents and architects of democracy? What does authentic civic leadership look like and how might we embody it on our campus and in our communities?

Pre-Conference Workshop Line-Up for the ADP National Meeting – Thursday, June 2, 2011

By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project

This is by far the richest, most dynamic program we’ve had since the beginning of the project in 2003. I hope you will plan to take part in one of the six (6) incredible pre-conference workshops that we have planned.

RSVP is required for all workshops.

To RSVP, simply send me an email and let me know which Pre-Conference Workshop you would like to attend. Five (5) of the workshops are free to registrants of the ADP Meeting and one (1) pre-conference workshop requires an additional $40 registration fee. See below for additional details.

To register for the ADP National Meeting, please visit this website.

All Pre-Conference Workshops will take place on Thursday, June 2, 2011.

9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Educating Globally Competent Citizens: Strategies and Resources for Teaching 7 Revolutions ($40 Registration and RSVP required – lunch included)This day-long institute introduces participants to numerous tools for educating globally competent citizens. Representatives from six AASCU campuses describe how they have integrated and infused the Seven Revolutions framework (population, resources, technology, information, economic integration, conflict, and governance) and content on their campuses for introductory, first year, major and honors courses. Institute leaders demonstrate the teaching materials and resources they have found most valuable in the courses they teach and will guide participants in anticipating how these same tools could be used effectively on their home campuses.Presenters: Steven Elliott-Gower, Director, Honors and Scholars Program, Georgia College, Darrell A. Hamlin, Senior Fellow, Center for Civic Leadership and Brett Whitaker, Instructor, Leadership Studies, Fort Hays State University, William E. Payne, Interim Dean, School of Fine Arts, University of Minnesota Duluth, Dennis Falk, Professor, Department of Social Work, University of Minnesota Duluth, Nathan Phelps, Faculty, Honors College, Western Kentucky University, Martin S. Shapiro, Associate Professor of Psychology and 7 Revolutions Scholar, California State University Fresno, and Blase S. Scarnati, Director, First Year Seminar Program and Global Learning, Northern Arizona University, Keisha L. Hoerrner, Chair, First-Year Programs, Kennesaw State University, GeorgiaTo learn more about the 7 Revolutions, visit this website.
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. An Introduction to Deliberative Polling® (Free and open to all registrants)The Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University is devoted to research on democracy and public opinion through Deliberative Polling® – an innovative method of public consultation. The Deliberative Polling process reveals the conclusions the public would reach, if people had opportunity to become more informed, engage with others, and consider the viewpoints from all sides. Join this workshop to learn how to use Deliberative Polling or conduct deliberative experiments on your campus, in your communities, state or nationally.Facilitators:  Sean Westwood and Nuri Kim, Doctoral Students, Center for Deliberative Democracy , Stanford University, CaliforniaTo learn more about Deliberative Polling, visit this website.
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Effective Strategies for Telling Your Story (Free and open to all registrants)Too often, good works go unnoticed even as universities and colleges conceive and execute creative programming in civic engagement. So how can you get the word out? The first part of the workshop identifies the goals of communication, the target audiences, and the communication options.  Presenters then share a technique for incorporating message, audience, and medium into a single strategic plan for publicizing civic engagement work. The second part of the workshop focuses on specific ideas for publicizing an initiative. What works? What doesn’t? How do you stretch a limited budget?Presenters:  Mark Neikirk, Executive Director, Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement and Carole Beere, Associate Provost for Outreach (retired), Northern Kentucky University
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Political Engagement Project Institute: Getting Started with the Political Engagement Project (Free and open to all registrants)The Political Engagement Project (PEP) has the goal of developing a sense of political efficacy and duty on the part of undergraduates as well as a set of political skills that students will need as they engage with the political world. To do this, PEP campuses have infused political education and engagement tactics into a variety of disciplines and courses on campus and have made the tenants of political engagement central to the institutional framework of their campuses.This workshop explores the goals and pedagogies of the participating courses and programs, students’ perspectives on their experiences in the program, and the impact of these experiences on key dimensions of political development such as knowledge and understanding, active involvement, sense of political efficacy and identity, and skills of democratic participation. Learn how to launch PEP on your campus in this informative workshop.Presenters: David L. Carr, Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow, William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy and Marilyn E. Vito, Associate Professor of Business Studies, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Ralph J. Rascati, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Kennesaw State University, Georgia, Stephen K. Hunt, Professor and Joseph Zompetti, Associate Professor, School of Communication, Illinois State University

For more information about PEP, please visit this website.

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Introduction to the Informed Citizen Project  (Free and open to all registrants)One key component tocivic engagement is critical consumption and analysis of information. The Informed Citizen Project focuses on media and information literacy efforts and strategies for building civic engagement.  Our pre-conference workshop establishes a plan for the first year’s efforts.Presenters:  Chapman Rackaway, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Fort Hays State University, and Lance Lippert, Associate Professor, School of Communication, Illinois State University
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Game of Politics Simulation Sponsored by The New York Times(Free and open to all registrants)

The Game of Politics Simulation is set 4-6 years in the future.  Participants are assigned roles in the Presidency, Congress, the Supreme Court (including lawyers), and the media. Then they work on legislative, budgetary and judicial issues while facing multiple and multi-session story lines that cover:

1) lobbying efforts (regarding legislative and budgetary matters);

2) emerging domestic and foreign policy issues;

3) constituency service matters;

4) legislative and executive wildcards; and,

5) plain old distractions.

Come to this session to experience the simulation and learn how to run a Game of Politics Simulation on your own campus!

Facilitator:  Don Jansiewicz, Creator, Game of Politics

To learn more about the Game of Politics, visit this website.

Promoting Your ADP Activities: Campus and Friends Showcase at the ADP National Meeting in Orlando

By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project

Are you an ADP campus coordinator? Do you want to share your campus activities? Are you an ADP Friend? Do you want to promote the work of your organization? Consider hosting a table at the Campus and Friends Showcase at the American Democracy Project National Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Campus and Friends Showcase

Friday, June 3

10:30 am – 5:00 pm

The Campus and Friends Showcase is a wonderful opportunity to share and celebrate your work and help others learn how to promote civic engagement on their campuses. For the seventh year in a row, we will feature the ever-popular Campus and Friends Showcase!  If you have already registered for the ADP Meeting, there is no cost to participate.  Simply complete this registration form no later than Monday, May 9th to reserve your spot.

Christine Bailey, Ferris State University

The Campus and Friends Showcase will take place on Friday, June 3rd 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  The Showcase is designed as an exhibit hall with tables available for presenters. Last year, the Campus and Friends Showcases was one of the most popular parts of our program. People loved to see what other campuses have done with the American Democracy Project.  The Showcase also serves as an important networking opportunity for project participants to connect with national leaders in the civic engagement movement.

Contact me directly for information about materials you should provide, the set-up, and the structure of the showcase.

If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for the American Democracy Project National Meeting, June 2-4, 2011. To register for the meeting visit our website.

I hope to see you in Orlando!

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The Democracy Commitment: Community Colleges in the Mix

By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project

I am pleased to announce the creation of The Democracy Commitment (TDC), a new and growing national civic engagement movement for community colleges. ADP has partnered with TDC to help with the launch and early management of this exciting new initiative. I have been serving in an advisory role for the leaders in the TDC, and I couldn’t be more delighted by their progress thus far and their dedication to opening up the civic engagement movement to community colleges and their students. TDC is an idea whose time has come. With the increasing focus on community colleges as engines for workforce development, it is important for their important civic and public purpose not to get lost. TDC provides leadership for community colleges focused on preparing citizen professionals who will improve their communities and build a stronger economy.

My support and enthusiasm for this project is personal – as a first-generation college student, I attended a community college during my second year of college and I have since been a defender and supporter of their mission to provide low-cost, high-quality education to often under served students. I hope that the TDC will create a common, civic thread between the 2-year experience and the 4-year experience for the thousands of AASCU students (like myself) who transfer from community colleges. I also hope that those students who are attending community colleges to gain a professional skill or trade will also gain a sense of public purpose for their work along with a deeper commitment to their role as citizens.

To help explain TDC, one of its leaders, Bernie Ronan, agreed to be interviewed for the ADP Blog. Bernie directs the Maricopa Community Colleges’ Division of Public Affairs, which includes the Center for Civic Participation. Dr. Ronan has been an administrator in the Maricopa Colleges for the past 20 years. He has also served as Deputy Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce, and as Deputy Associate Superintendent of the Arizona Department of Education. Ronan earned his doctorate in public administration from Arizona State University.

Cecilia M. Orphan (CMO): Tell us about The Democracy Commitment (TDC). Why was it created? Who has signed on so far?

Bernie Ronan (BR): The Democracy Commitment is a new national initiative of community colleges, in service to democracy and the future of our communities.

Our colleges play an important role in job training, for which we have received unparalleled national attention. But we also have a vital role to play in educating students for democracy, to be engaged and active citizens in their communities. Our communities need this more than ever, due to apathy and polarization in our politics, and the incredible stresses they face. And our community college students’ ability to exercise their democratic rights and work together in public life, to be generous and tolerant and yet able to advocate for themselves, will help determine the future of our communities.

The Democracy Commitment will provide a national platform for the development and expansion of programs and projects aimed at engaging community college students in civic learning and democratic practice. Our goal is that every graduate of an American community college shall have had an education to democracy. This includes all our students, whether they aim to transfer to university, gain a certificate, or obtain an associate degree.

Our strategy is to reach out to a group of “early adopters,” presidents and chancellors whose colleges are already engaged in and committed to this work. A Founders’ Committee of CEOs who make The Democracy Commitment is being formed, which we think could eventually serve as a national steering committee. They commit a nominal amount to co-fund the start up costs of the initiative, and they name someone to serve on an implementation committee to organize the work.  The initial signatories as of March, 2011 to The Democracy Commitment include:

  • Miami Dade College (Fl.)
  • LaGuardia (NY)
  • Maricopa(Az.)
  • Los Rios (Cal.)
  • Moraine Valley (Ill.)
  • Delta (Mich.)
  • Georgia Perimeter (GA)
  • Santa Monica(Cal.)
  • Riverside(Cal.)
  • Broome/SUNY
  • Lonestar (Tex.)
  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College (Minn.)
  • De Anza College (Calif.)

CMO: Why partner with ADP?

BR: Community colleges have already been working with our AASCU colleagues in the ADP. Our community college colleagues have been involved in local ADP civic engagement projects, participated in regional ADP meetings, and presented at national ADP annual meetings. We know and have worked with the ADP national staff. And the lead organizer of our initiative, Brian Murphy from De Anza College, is himself a former AASCU administrator who was instrumental in the start-up of ADP.

The additional reasons for partnering with ADP are strategic. These are difficult times for American higher education, with budget reductions and loss of programs. The idea of starting a new national initiative for community colleges is daunting, especially when so much else needs attention.

We feel we can create a national community college initiative if we create an alliance with an existing national civic engagement initiative: ADP.  Creating an alliance will provide an extended launch process that conserves resources and leverages the power and connections of this highly successful, eight-year-old national effort.

Community colleges have already been working with our AASCU colleagues in the ADP. Our community college colleagues have been involved in local ADP civic engagement projects, participated in regional ADP meetings, and presented at national ADP annual meetings.  We also know and have worked with the ADP national staff.

In addition, community colleges and state colleges and universities are natural partners, with a shared mission of being “Stewards of Place” for the communities we serve.  Indeed, we share more than a common mission; we are “P-20” partners since we share the same students. More than 50% of the students who graduate from AASCU institutions began their college careers at community colleges.

Beyond our existing collaboration and our natural fit, creating an alliance will offer a number of practical advantages as we develop our own initiative. We can share expertise, resources, networks, project ideas, meetings, and a variety of other products and services which would be time-consuming and expensive to begin on our own.

While our long-range focus will always be on creating an independent civic engagement initiative for America’s community colleges, a collaboration with ADP will offer a powerful pathway to our success.

CMO: How will TDC use the ADP National Meeting as a soft-launch?

BR: We plan to use the ADP National Meeting as a pivotal organizing event – our first chance to meet as collaborators and plan how to launch our initiative.  With the encouragement of the ADP organizers, our faculty and staff are welcome to attend any and all conference meetings. Our plan is to have our community college representatives or teams from the group of signatory colleges in The Democracy Commitment integrated seamlessly into the ADP conference, so we can learn from those who have been doing the work.  We also plan to offer a Featured Session at the National Meeting that will explain The Democracy Commitment to ADP participants, and will also host several concurrent sessions highlighting our civic work. At the same time, we will organize a concurrent session track of organizing conversations among community college reps, to explore the best ways we can launch The Democracy Commitment as a true national initiative.

CMO: What do you hope will come out of the work of TDC?

BR: Our hope is nothing less than having all our students leave our colleges with the skills they need to be active and engaged citizens, and having a resurgence of democratic engagement in our communities. An added benefit would be more vigorous collaboration between state colleges and community colleges across America, which would benefit our institutions in other ways beyond civic learning.

CMO: How can community colleges join TDC?

BR: Participation requires a commitment by the college’s CEO.  To join, the CEO needs to visit the TDC website click the “sign up” link. The link will direct you to an online form that you will need to fill out. We are also working to engage our faculty in this initiative from the outset, and numerous Faculty Senates from our participating colleges are adopting resolutions to support The Democracy Commitment, since they view it as an essential feature of the teaching and learning mission of their institutions.

CMO: Any final thoughts or comments for our readers?

BR: I would personally like to express my gratitude to the myriad faculty and instructional leaders that are working on ADP all across this country.  It is your dedication to democracy that has, frankly, inspired us to undertake a companion endeavor in The Democracy Commitment. And we look forward to many years of collaboration in the work of democracy among our faculty and across our institutions, which will redound to the benefit of our students and our communities.

For more information about The Democracy Commitment, please email Bernie Ronan or visit the TDC website.

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