Note: ADP’s director Jen Domagal-Goldman has been selected to serve as one of the project team members to develop a new national civic learning rubric.
In 2015, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, along with faculty and academic professionals from universities and colleges across the country will collaborate to create a national Civic Learning rubric. Following the VALUE Rubric Protocols developed by Wende Garrison and AAC&U, the national Civic Learning rubric will be suitable for institutional assessment of the civic content and knowledge students gain throughout their undergraduate education.
[Note: you can use the Civic Engagement VALUE Rubric for institutional assessment of the ability to make a difference in the civic life of our communities students gain throughout their undergraduate education.]
The project team is charged with the development of a civic learning rubric that aligns with the definition of civic learning adopted by the MA Board of Higher Education:
Civic learning means acquisition of the knowledge, the intellectual skills and the applied competencies that citizens need for informed and effective participation in civic and democratic life; it also means acquiring an understanding of the social values that underlie democratic structures and practices.
- The knowledge component of civic learning includes an understanding of the United States, including its history and governmental traditions, other world societies, and the relationship(s) between and among these cultures and nations.
- The intellectual skills component refers to qualities of mind necessary to engage effectively in civic activities.
- The applied competencies component refers to the practical skills and capacities needed to engage effectively in civic activities.
- The values component refers to understanding the social and political values that are associated with democratic and civic institutions.
Learn more about the development of the Civic Learning Rubric: https://civiclearningrubric.wordpress.com/
NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE:
Mapping the Assessment of Civic Learning in Undergraduate Education
The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and AAC&U have collaborated on the creation of an inventory of valid instruments to aid campuses to assess student civic learning as part of their institutional or programmatic outcomes. Through funding from the Lumina Foundation, the two associations collaborated to assemble a national task force of experts on civic learning and engagement. The task force gathered a list of major instruments for assessing civic learning, and then invited practitioners to provide feedback to help create a detailed map of the state of civic learning assessment.
Two products emerged from this work: (Available at http://www.aacu.org/qc/mapping-assessmentcivic-learning)
- An inventory of assessment instruments (national, local, proprietary and open source) designed to measure specific civic outcomes, entitled Civic Learning and Engagement Assessment Instruments: Characteristics and Dimensions, and
- And a research literature review of published studies involving many of the identified instruments and summary findings Civic Learning and Engagement: A Review of the Research Literature on Civic Learning Assessment and Instruments. [Prepared by the Research Institute for Studies in Education (RISE), Dr. Robert D. Reason and Kevin Hemer, Iowa State University.]
The civic learning and engagement assessment instrument inventory is not exhaustive; however, key instruments have been included. The inventory examines the instruments for four primary dimensions of civic learning and engagement – civic knowledge, civic skills, civic values and civic motivations, as well as information about availability, purpose and issues for each of the assessment instruments.
The research literature review examines each of the four primary dimensions in relation to published studies, many based on the inventory instruments, and the general findings related to student learning outcomes.
These documents also will assist colleges and universities addressing the ambitious recommendations in the national report, A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future, released at the White House in 2012 and available online and in print through AAC&U (http://www.aacu.org/crucible). Created by a broad constituency of stakeholders, A Crucible Moment seeks to move civic learning and democratic engagement from niches to norms and expected of every college graduate. These two new assessment resources will help campuses measure their progress over time.
Download a flyer about the assessment inventory and literature review here.
Please join us on Tuesday, July 22nd at 2pm EST for a free webinar to learn more about the National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement (NASCE). As part of an ongoing partnership with AASCU’s American Democracy Project and NASPA’s Lead Initiative, the NASCE assessment is being offered to member institutions at a 50% discount for the 2014-2015 academic year.
The NASCE is a web-based survey administered by the Siena College Research Institute that measures an institution’s overall levels of community engagement by evaluating the rate, frequency, and depth of student community service across 9 areas of human need, and assessing student motivations for, obstacles to, and perceptions of service. To date, the instrument has been completed by more than 30,000 college students from over 60 institutions.
For this webinar, join Dr. Don Levy, Director of the Siena College Research Institute and co-creator of the NASCE as he describes the methodology of the instrument, the survey administration process, and the utility of the data for institutional strategic planning related to community engagement.
When: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 2 PM Eastern
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with your intent to participate in this free webinar. You’ll be provided with login details upon confirming your participation!
More information is available on this flyer.
Friday, March 21, at 2 p.m. EST.
CIRCLE (the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement) recently received a grant to study college student voting rates. 260 universities and colleges have already signed up including 43 American Democracy Project member institutions.
The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) presents an unprecedented opportunity for your campus to learn in aggregate numbers:
- How many of your students are eligible to register to vote
- How many registered and/or voted, and where (locally or elsewhere)
- The way your students voted (regular or absentee ballot)
By participating in this study, your campus will also help build a national database for future research. CIRCLE will be working with de-identified student lists, so your students’ privacy rights are fully protected. This is not a survey!
If you are interested, you can also correlate voting with specific demographic information such as age, gender, race/ethnicity, field of study, and class level. CIRCLE has also been able to provide peer comparisons by Carnegie classification.
To join the study, you must sign up by April 10th 2014.
NSLVE is offering ADP campuses the chance to learn more about what you can do with this data and share what information you would like to know in the future. Take advantage of this opportunity and join this conversation by attending a free webinar TODAY, Friday, March 21 at 2 p.m. Eastern.
To join the webinar:
For additional specifics, go to the NSLVE page and/or contact Nancy Thomas, NSLVE director, for more information.