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strategic goal area defines how higher education must
provide students with the knowledge and commitment to be socially
responsible citizens in a diverse democracy and increasingly
interconnected world. Colleges and universities have important civic
responsibilities to their communities, their nation, and the larger
world. Engagement with others in the context of real-life community
challenges encourages self-knowledge, a deepened understanding of
place and context, and increased intellectual development.
Research through sponsoring scholars whose research is
applied to community needs and/or focused on ways to measure
civic engagement and social capital.
Campuses to communities to advance reciprocal understanding,
productive partnerships, and collective civic action.
and Supporting Leadership to cultivate a new generation of
faculty and graduates who are committed to democracy, diversity,
and social responsibility.
Training and Knowledge sharing to expand and deepen
commitment to civic engagement in disciplines and departments,
and develop interdisciplinary inquiry, active learning, and
Venues for Dialogue to share best practices and learn across
- Establishing Standards for Assessment to
measure the impact on students and on community partners of
civic engagement activities.
Scholarship to campus practices to improve the outcomes of
civic engagement initiatives and enhance connections between
curricular and co-curricular experiences.
Possible Indicators and
- Mission and
- Administrative and academic leadership
departments, and interdisciplinary work
- Faculty roles
voice enabling mechanisms
and complementary community service activities
- Forums for
fostering public dialogue
- Student voice
Adapted from Hollander, Saltmarsh,
"Indicators of Engagement," in Simon, Kenny, Brabeck, & Lerner, eds. Learning to Serve:
Promoting Civil Society
Norwell, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002.