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#LovinLouisville #7│Civic Pathways

By Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager, AASCU

Heading to Louisville for #ADPTDC14? Over the next two weeks leading up to our June 5-7 ADP/TDC Joint National Meeting in this City of Compassion, we’ll be highlighting reasons that we’re #LovinLouisville.

Reason #7? Civic Pathways

adptdc14_fbtimelineThe theme for the 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting is “Forging Civic Pathways for Students between Our Institutions.” This theme underscores the importance of the unique partnership between ADP and TDC,which brings together two-year and four-year public institutions of higher education committed to advancing civic learning and engagement.

Civic pathways are collaborative, intentional and articulated civic education programs (curricular and/or co-curricular) and practices that are built between cooperating two- and four-year institutions, many times in close geographic proximity to one another.

At the national meeting, you’ll notice that the civic pathway theme pops up repeatedly. It’s the topic of our opening plenary session on Thursday.

  • Thursday, June 5, 2014
    3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Opening Plenary
    Forging Civic Pathways on Our Campuses and in Our Communities: Helping Students Navigate and Succeed in Higher Education
    Reflecting the conference theme, this session offers a vision for the creation of a set of curricular and co-curricular civic pathways designed to help students navigate through our two- and four-year colleges and universities and their surrounding communities. Existing pathways and partnerships are introduced, and meeting participants engage in a facilitated conversation designed to envision and develop new pathways on our campuses, in our communities and across public higher education.

It’s one of the thematic strands of program sessions throughout the meeting. There’s an organizing meeting during breakfast on Friday to talk about joint ADP/TDC work that we envision based on this topic.

But why?

We believe that:

  1. Civic learning outcomes are significantly improved and more comprehensive, more articulated and more effective for all students when two- and four-year programs collaborate.
  2. Civic pathways provide opportunities for innovative programming to be tested and subsequently used in both two-year and four-year institutions. When two- and four- year programs work together, they learn from one another.  Programs are enriched, and opportunities for professional development for all faculty and staff increase.
  3. Civic pathways provide for efficiency and effectiveness in program design and delivery in an era of constrained resources.  For example, when both two- year and four- year programs collaborate with specific community partners, they can use common data systems, common forms, and common policies and practices, reducing administrative time and reducing confusion among community partners.  They can improve program design.  They can build common service learning and internship structures.
  4. Students should not have to leave their communities behind when they transfer from a two-year to a four-year school.  They should not have to sever connections to the places they have worked, done service learning or volunteered. Students have a rich understanding of their communities, deep connections to them, and those understandings and connections should be a source of strength for both students and their programs, not something that they have to abandon.
  5. In a civic pathways program, students have opportunities for progressive community participation from volunteer work to paid internships in the same organizations.

And we envision the following programmatic possibilities:

  1. Majors:  civic-infused majors which do not have community college equivalents
  2. Minors:  the best example may be the civic minor in urban education
  3. Degrees:  civic-related degrees where there can be close collaboration between two- and four-year schools
  4. Documentation:  shared documentation which might include a co-curricular transcript; jointly used community engagement or service learning forms, or other forms of community engagement documentation
  5. Shared civic projects:  community-based programs, voter registration programs and other forms of civic projects that could be joint two-year – four-year programs
  6. Shared Infrastructure:  the possibility of creating a center for community engagement that is jointly operated by a two-year and four-year institution, when those two institutions are either co-located or nearby
  7. Shared assessment tools:  two-year and four-year institutions could develop shared assessment instruments
  8. Shared community agencies:  from the perspective of community organizations, creating unified forms procedures and practices that simplify the way that agencies and organizations interact with both two-year and four-year institutions. Such sharing would increase the number resources and increase coordination, while providing greater continuity for both the community organization and for students

We hope you’ll join us in Louisville for this conversation, but, more than that, we hope that the planning that takes place there and its subsequent actions will fuel efforts to create and advance civic pathways.  We are convinced that these civic pipelines can be designed to advance student retention and success and to promote the civic health of our democracy through the preparation and graduation of informed, engaged citizens.

Civic Pathways Strand Sessions:
Note: These are denoted in the mobile app program by “(CP)” before the session title

Of particular note, the breakfast we mentioned above:

  • Friday, June 6
    7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
    Salon X
    (CP) Breakfast Session:  Civic Pathways Planning Meeting (open to all)
    A follow-up to Thursday’s opening plenary conversation, this breakfast session is intended to serve as a planning and organizing meeting for collaborative efforts between ADP and TDC to create, expand and scale-up civic pathways between our campuses.
    Facilitators:  Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager; and Stephanie South, TDC National Coordinator, AASCU

You can download a Word document containing all of the (CP) Civic Pathways-themed sessions here.

#LovinLouisville #5| #ADPTDC14 Sponsors and Partners

By Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager

Heading to Louisville for #ADPTDC14? Over the next two weeks leading up to our June 5-7 ADP/TDC Joint National Meeting in this City of Compassion, we’ll be highlighting reasons that we’re #LovinLouisville.

Reason #5? Our sponsors and partners!

We’re excited to introduce you to the array of stellar sponsors and partner organizations that will be present in Louisville to support our ADP and TDC civic learning and engagement work.


From ADP’s founding partner and ongoing corporate sponsor The New York Times in Education to the sponsorships of Echoing Green’s Work on Purpose, GiveGab, Lyon Software, The Washington Center, and TurboVote, we are thankful for the financial and programmatic support of our valued sponsors. We encourage you to learn more about our sponsors via the information below and their websites, as well as by visiting with their representatives at the national meeting.

ADPTDC14 sponsors

  • The New York Times in EducationThe New York Times provides a vibrant daily record of history in the making, igniting student interest by linking learning to living, serving the ideals of today’s demanding educational aims by spurring critical thinking, increasing national and global awareness and fostering a more informed and engaged citizenry.
  • Echoing Green’s Work on Purpose – Echoing Green’s Work on Purpose program helps emerging professionals identify their purpose and put it into action by creating a career with impact. Throughout its 27-year history, Echoing Green has performed thousands of in-depth interviews with its world-changing social entrepreneurship Fellows— from the founder of Teach For America, to the founder of the Freelancers Union, to the founder of City Year. In the process, they uncovered a series of best practices and common experiences that lead individuals to fulfilling work that makes the world a better place.
  • GiveGab – GiveGab is The Social Network for Volunteers.  GiveGab helps people find volunteer opportunities they’re passionate about in the local community, log volunteer hours, create a volunteer resume and connect with friends to make a difference.  Volunteer managers can use GiveGab to create and manage events, promote their programs, recruit volunteers, track hours and report on all the good they’re doing in the community.
  • Lyon Software – Lyon Software is a leader in community benefit and engagement software.  Through exceptional personalized and product training, support and customer service, Lyon Software works hand-in-hand with heath care facilities, colleges and universities, businesses and other community organizations to report their tremendous impact on the populations they serve.
  • The Washington Center – The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) is an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities from the United States and around the world by providing students with an integrated academic, and professional living and working experience in Washington D.C.
  • TurboVote – TurboVote is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization to help colleges and universities improve voter registration and use voter engagement as a mechanism to achieve broader learning objectives. TurboVote’s innovative technology allows institutions to strategically promote and monitor voter engagement simply by sharing a single link with their students. Through this link, students can register to vote, request an absentee ballot and receive reminders with important election information, dates and deadlines.

Partners & Friends

ADP and TDC are also very appreciative of the efforts and support of our partners and friends – organizations whom we work with on specific initiatives and programmatic efforts and who are themselves influential forces in the civic engagement movement.

Be sure to learn more about the following partners and friends during the Campus & Friends Showcase Thursday evening and in various sessions throughout the meeting:

Campus and Friends Showcase at the 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting

Are you an ADP campus coordinator?
Do you want to share your campus activities?
Are you an ADP partner organization?
Do you want to promote the work of your organization?

Consider hosting a table at the Campus & Friends Showcase at the 2014 American Democracy Project/The Democracy Commitment National Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.


Thursday, June 5, 2014
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (preview 3 p.m-3:30 pm)

For the ninth year in a row, we will feature the ever-popular Campus & Friends Showcase—a wonderful opportunity to share and celebrate your work and help others learn how to promote civic learning and engagement on their own campuses.  There is no cost to participate.  Simply complete this registration form, available hereno later than Monday, April 28, 2014.

The Campus and Friends Showcase will take place on Thursday, June 5th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (preview 3 p.m-3:30 pm).  The Showcase is designed as an exhibit area with tables available for presenters. People love to see what other campuses are doing with ADP/TDC, and the Showcase also serves as an important networking opportunity for project participants to connect with national leaders in the civic engagement movement.

It is important to note that the Campus & Friends Showcase is different than the poster sessions, which were solicited during the Call for Proposals. The poster session is designed to be more research-oriented, and the Showcase is set up as an exhibit to provide opportunities for information, networking, and collaboration.

More information about the purpose and structure of the Showcase, registration, the materials you should provide, and set-up details can be found here. If you have any questions, please email Cait Reilly at

If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to register for the 2014 American Democracy Project/The Democracy Commitment National Meeting, June 5-7, 2014. To register for the meeting visit our website. Note: Earlybird registration rates end on April 30!

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