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Civic Learning

As we move into a turbulent century, our nation’s democracy and our interdependent global community require a more informed, engaged, and socially responsible citizenry. Both educators and employers agree that personal and social responsibility  are core elements of a 21st century education.  A recent survey of AAC&U members confirms that many institutions are placing more emphasis on civic education by developing innovative educational practices that advance learning outcomes essential for responsible citizenship, at home and abroad. Such educational innovations include thematically linked learning communities, community-based research, global learning focused on real-world challenges, service-learning, diversity programs that promote learning across differences, reflective experiential learning, and curricular experiences that teach students how systems work and can be changed.  Through its many projects and publications, AAC&U builds national awareness of civic and democratic learning and supports campus capacity for those outcomes that are essential for life, work, and citizenship in the 21st century. This effort is part of AAC&U’s ongoing commitment to help all students achieve the essential outcomes of a quality liberal education. 

Learn more about our civic learning partnerships and past projects, and for additional information on related initiatives, please see Global Learning and Diversity.

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Caryn McTighe Musil, Senior Scholar and Director of Civic Learning and Democracy Initiatives

 

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