Higher Education: Civic Mission & Civic Effects:
American Democracy Project
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
The American Democracy Project is a multi-campus initiative focused on higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. The project began in 2003 as an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), in partnership with The New York Times. The goal of the American Democracy Project is to produce graduates who are committed to being active, involved citizens in their communities.
Center for Civic Engagement
University of South Florida, St. Petersburg
The mission of the Center for Civic Engagement at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg is to make the campus distinctive in its commitment to civic and community engagement through the development of the Citizen Scholar Program. The objective of the “citizen scholar” model is to combine academic instruction with implementation of concepts learned in the classroom within the local community.
CIRCLE – Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement
CIRCLE – the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement conducts research on the civic and political engagement of young Americans. CIRCLE was founded in 2001 with a generous grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts and has also been funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Ford Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and several others. It is based at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University.
Association of American Colleges and Universities
Civic engagement has become an essential learning goal for institutions throughout higher education. The Association of American Colleges and Universities believes that recent educational innovations to advance civic engagement, such as thematically linked learning communities, community-based research, collaborative projects, service learning, mentored internships, reflective experiential learning, and study abroad are all helping students advance on this essential learning goal.
National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
Learn and Serve America’s National Service-Learning Clearinghouse provides resources and links to resources.
University of Chicago
“The Civic Partnership” is highlighted and various programs are featured at the University of Chicago’s Civic Engagement Web site.
Civic Engagement at Boise State University
“Civic Engagement and Curriculum,” “University–Community Partnerships,” and “Civic Engagement Events” are featured at this site.
Civic Engagement Initiatives
Embedding engagement throughout higher education institutions is at the heart of Campus Compact’s work. Under this broad category are research and other initiatives created to help campuses develop effective service, service-learning, and civic
engagement programs. Resources cover various topics: College Student Philanthropy, Campus Vote Initiative, Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, Consulting Corps, Engaged Scholars, Federal Work-Study, Indicators of Engagement, Presidents’ Declaration on the Civic Responsibility of Higher Education, Program Models, and the Future of Campus Engagement.
Community College National Center for Community Engagement
The Community College National Center for Community Engagement is a leader in advancing programs and innovations that stimulate active participation of institutions in community engagement for the attainment of a vital citizenry. This site has links
to resources, conferences, and model projects.
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Carnegie’s Community Engagement Elective Classification (“Curricular Engagement” and “Outreach and Partnerships”) is described at this site. Institutions were selected in 2006 and 2008, with another round scheduled for 2010.
Community Outreach and Engagement
Western Carolina University
This site provides information and news about “Engaged Learning” and “Community Outreach and Engagement” at Western Carolina University.
Don and Verna Duncan Civic Engagement Center
Central Washington University
The Don and Verna Duncan Civic Engagement Center at Central Washington University provides opportunities for participation in service experiences that benefit students’ personal, academic, and professional development while simultaneously
supporting off-campus communities.
The Duke Center for Civic Engagement
The Duke Center for Civic Engagement (DCCE) was established at Duke University in 2007. The Center is home for two signature programs, Duke Engage and Coach for College, and serves as a clearinghouse for local volunteer opportunities for students through its DCCE-Durham Programs.
Educators for Community Engagement
Educators for Community Engagement (ECE) is a national organization committed to democratizing classrooms and communities through learning circles, service learning, and critical dialogue. ECE brings together college and university students, faculty, staff, and local community organizations to develop and implement creative strategies for teaching, learning, and social justice.
Faculty for the Engaged Campus
Campus–Community Partnerships for Health
This site provides information derived from a national initiative of Campus Community Partnerships for Health in partnership with the University of Minnesota and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to strengthen community engaged career paths in the academy. The initiative was supported by a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Post-secondary Education (FIPSE) in the U.S. Department of Education.
HENCE – Higher Education Network for Civic Engagement
HENCE – the Higher Education Network for Community Engagement is a response to the growing need to deepen, consolidate, and advance the literature, research, practice, policy, and advocacy for community engagement as a core element of higher education’s role in society. Increasingly, higher education institutions are intentionally connecting academic work to public purposes through extensive partnerships that involve faculty and students in active collaboration with communities. This idea of “community engagement” means renewing the civic mission of higher education and transforming academic culture in ways that are both exciting and challenging.
Imagining America is a consortium of colleges and universities committed to public scholarship and practice in the arts, humanities, and design. Imagining America supports campus–community partnerships that contribute to local and national civic life while furthering recognition of the value of public scholarship and practice in higher education itself.
The Impact on Community
This site contains information on “engaged” centers as well as videos, news, and events at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), where service learning and civic engagement programs have earned national acclaim.
NERCHE – New England Resource Center for Higher Education
NERCHE – the New England Resource Center for Higher Education is a center for inquiry, research, and policy. NERCHE supports administrators, faculty, and staff across the region in becoming more effective practitioners and leaders as they navigate the complexities of institutional innovation and change. One of NERCHE’s areas of focus is the scholarship of engagement, which addresses higher education’s responsibility to the public realm through faculty work that is relational, localized, and contextual, and favors mutual deference between laypersons and academics.
The Scholarship of Engagement Online
This site serves as a guide to resources for the scholarship of engagement. It provides answers to frequently asked questions and information on benchmarking engaged institutions.
Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement
Northern Kentucky University
Public engagement is the central mission of Northern Kentucky University’s Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement. In every aspect of its programming, the Center seeks to foster citizenship and stewardship.