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ADP’s 7 Revolutions becomes Global Engagement Initiative

By Dennis Falk, Chair of ADP’s Global Engagement Scholars and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Social Work, University of Minnesota Duluth


Over five years ago The New York Times and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) joined AASCU’s American Democracy Project to create what became known as “The Seven Revolutions Project.” The name of the project emanated from a framework developed by Erik Peterson, who consulted with other leading policy analysts within CSIS and identified the seven global forces (“revolutions”) expected to most impact the world in the next 20-25 years. These revolutions include 1) population, 2) resource management, 3) technology, 4) information, 5) economics, 6) conflict, and 7) governance.

Faculty from 10 AASCU institutions (“Seven Revolutions Scholars”) decided to use the seven revolutions framework to develop curriculum with the goal of educating globally competent citizens at AASCU institutions. These faculty members initially shared teaching materials and resources to develop courses on their home campuses that could meet the identified goal. CSIS provided resources specifically oriented to college and university students, and The Times organized its rich and relevant resources into templates within the Epsilen Learning Environment, a comprehensive course management system that also allows social networking and the development of portfolios.

To expand the impact of the project, the AASCU Seven Revolution Scholars decided to create an extensive monograph titled “Educating Globally Competent Citizens: A Toolkit for Teaching Seven Revolutions” in 2010. This Toolkit provided background information on the project, summarized key content related to seven revolutions content, and compiled three years of campus case studies, teaching and learning materials, and teaching resources. A hard copy of the Toolkit was published, and a pdf version could be downloaded free of charge. The Toolkit is currently being revised and updated.

At the same time, 7 Revs Scholars offered workshops and institutes to interested faculty. Multiple sessions have been offered annually at the ADP National Meeting, and member campuses provided workshops for their colleagues. Two day training institutes were offered in Washington, D.C. in spring 2010 and at CSU Fresno in Fresno, Calif. in fall 2011.

Recent activities focused on developing a national blended learning course on seven revolutions topics that provides print, graphic, audio, and video content; teaching and learning activities; online tests; and additional assessment activities in an integrated format within Epsilen. This course was used in some of the 10 participating schools in fall 2011 and is additionally being piloted in four additional schools across the country. The course is currently being polished for national release in Fall 2012.

In December 2012 AASCU received word that CSIS was withdrawing from the project, but authorized AASCU to continue using the seven revolutions framework and content resources. Losing CSIS as a partner necessitated a number of changes. Consistent with AASCU terminology, the Seven Revolutions Initiative became the Global Engagement Initiative, and the Seven Revolutions Scholars are now Global Engagement Scholars. The blended learning course based on the seven revolutions framework, which was initially to have seven revolutions as part of its name, is now titled “Global Challenges: Promise and Peril in the 21st Century.”

Despite these changes, the Global Engagement Initiative maintains the original goal. We will continue to update and disseminate a toolkit for faculty reference, to offer workshops that assist faculty in developing essential knowledge and skills, and to provide a state-of-the-art national blended learning course—all with the same goal of educating globally competent citizens at AASCU institutions.

For more information about ADP’s Global Engagement Initiative, go here.

For more information about the Global Challenges course, go here.

Registration Now Open for October 2011 Seven Revolutions Institute

Registration is now open for the October 28-29, 2011 Seven Revolutions Institute: Educating Globally Competent Citizens. This institute is sponsored by the American Democracy Project’s 7 Revolutions initiative and is being hosted by California State University, Fresno in Fresno, CA. You will find information about registration fees, hotel reservations, and the downloadable registration form below. I hope to see you in Fresno!

– Jen Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project

About the 7 Revolutions Initiative

In 2006, ADP partnered with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to translate the 7 Revolutions into curricular and co-curricular strategies to educate globally competent American citizens. The 7 Revolutions content was created by CSIS and identifies the seven global trends that will shape the world by 2030, in areas such as population, resource management and technological innovation. To learn more, visit 7 Revolutions website.

About the Institute

Institute participants will be offered an in-depth exploration of the 7 Revolutions led by CSIS experts and the 7 Revolutions Scholars. Each Institute participant will receive a toolkit for using the content of the 7 Revolutions in on-campus projects and courses. This practical and insightful Institute is ideal for universities that want to deepen their commitment to providing effective international education in a variety of disciplines. The 7 Revolutions curriculum has been taught in a wide range of formats including first-year seminars, as well as sociology, theater, and mathematics courses.

Schedule At-a-Glance:


5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
7 Revolutions Committee Meeting
(invitation only)


9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Program
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (provided)
1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Program
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Dinner (provided)


8:30 a.m Breakfast (provided)
8:30 a.m. – Noon Program
Noon – 1 p.m. Lunch (provided)
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Program
3 p.m. Adjourn
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 7 Revolutions Committee Meeting (invitation only)

Registration Fee

The registration fee is $250 per person. The fee includes all program sessions and materials, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

Registration Information

  • Register via the downloadable registration form, to be mailed or faxed to Felicia Durham.
    Download form (Word doc)
  • E-mail, Fax or mail completed application to:
    Felicia Durham
    7 Revolutions Meeting, Fresno
    American Association of State Colleges and Universities
    1307 New York Avenue, NW, Fifth Floor
    Washington, DC 20005-4701
    Fax: (202) 296-5819



  • University Square Hotel
    4961 North Cedar Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93726
    Phone: 1-559-224-4200Hotel accommodations for the 7 Revolutions Institute can be booked directly with the hotel by calling (559) 224-4200 and referring to the group rate for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ 7 Revolutions Institute.

Room Rates

  • The special conference rate is $79/night plus 13% tax (current tax rate may change)
    To obtain this rate, you must call the hotel by September 29, 2011.
  • Check-in at the hotel is at 3 p.m. and check-out is at 12 noon.


  • There is courtesy phone in the baggage claim area at Fresno International Airport for the hotel. You may call the hotel (559-224-4200) and request a shuttle pickup once you arrive at the airport.
  • If you drive to the institute, there is free parking at the hotel and at the university. The hotel is across the street from the university.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

If you must cancel your registration, you will receive a full refund if the cancellation is before 5 p.m. EST on Monday, October 24. There will be a $125 cancellation fee after that date. Special circumstances will be handled on an individual basis.

For additional information about the 7 Revolutions Institute, click here.

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