NASPA announces national initiative on civic learning

NASPA announces national initiative on civic learning

Mon Feb 11, 2013

Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education recently announced their Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (Lead Initiative) by recognizing Brazosport College among its network of 50 colleges and universities for their commitment to civic learning and democratic engagement.

The announcement was made by Kevin Kruger, President at NASPA, and Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy, Executive Director Emeritus at NASPA.

“NASPA has long been committed to ensuring that a college education embeds in students a commitment to civic engagement and citizenship,” Kruger said. “Through the Lead Initiative, NASPA will highlight the unique contributions that student affairs professionals are making to democratic engagement and will develop tools for sharing the important lessons that will surely emerge from the work of these institutions.”

Selected institutions, representing public and private four-year and two-year colleges and universities, have committed to a series of strategies to work in partnership with on and off campus constituents to influence students’ ongoing commitment to civic learning and democratic engagement, including:

-- Building clear and tangible civic learning and democratic engagement activities into student affairs division strategic goals and learning outcomes.

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Collecting and reporting data on the efficacy of campus efforts using tools that measure gains in civic learning and democratic engagement.

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Creating strategies in collaboration with students that increase civic learning and help solve community problems through collective action.

“As a member of the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Action Network Steering Committee (CLDE), NASPA has made a commitment to supporting the critical work of student affairs in making civic learning and democratic engagement a part of every student’s college education,” Dungy said. “The Lead Initiative recognizes and brings together a strong and purposeful network of NASPA institutions that are making democratic engagement a priority.”

To learn more about NASPA’s Lead Initiative, please visit the NASPA website atwww.naspa.org/clde/lead_initiative.cfm.