Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Publications

Diversity and Democracy, Winter, 2017
Diversity & Democracy, Winter 2017

The Preamble to the US Constitution speaks of “We the People”—but who counts as “We the People” is a hotly contested question. In Citizenship Under Siege, a project organized by AAC&U and The Democracy Commitment with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, seven community colleges used the humanities to explore this topic. Featuring the efforts of project participants and educators engaged in similar work, this issue of Diversity & Democracy illustrates the potential of the humanities to illuminate issues of identity and belonging.Read more

Diversity and Democracy, Spring, 2016
Diversity & Democracy, Spring 2016

College students should have significant practice solving complex problems with diverse groups of collaborators in order to prepare for the challenges they will face in the workplace and in civic life. This issue of Diversity & Democracy contains articles highlighting courses, programs, and initiatives where students are engaging in such collaborative problem-solving across differences.Read more

Diversity and Democracy, Spring, 2015
Diversity & Democracy, Spring 2015

This issue of Diversity & Democracy extends AAC&U’s longstanding commitment to addressing gender-based inequities in higher education. Article topics include gender equity among STEM students and faculty, women’s leadership in areas such as higher education administration, the role of women’s colleges and universities worldwide, and the importance of creating campuses that are safe and inclusive for students of all gender identities.Read more

Civic Prompts: Making Civic Learning Routine across the Disciplines
2015

Published as part of AAC&U’s ongoing work on “Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement,” Civic Prompts addresses the undergraduate major as the next frontier of civic learning. A practical tool for building faculty capacity meaningfully to embed civic learning in their courses and programs, Civic Prompts represents a first step in investigating a largely unchartered territory. It offers a process, or set of prompts, through which faculty can begin to increase student learning by defining discipline-specific civic lenses that explore the public purposes, civic inquiries, and actions embedded in their fields. Ideal for faculty development initiatives, teaching and learning centers, and anyone interested in providing faculty the tools to embrace and implement effective civic learning.

Diversity and Democracy, Winter, 2015
Diversity & Democracy, Winter 2015

This issue of Diversity & Democracy examines the levers for and barriers to faculty and student participation in publicly engaged scholarship and teaching, particularly in the arts, humanities, and design fields. Published in partnership between AAC&U and Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, the issue showcases best practices for advancing publicly engaged scholarship through classroom and community collaborations, tenure and promotion policies, and higher education leadership.Read more

Diversity & Democracy, Summer 2014
Diversity & Democracy, Summer 2014

This issue of Diversity & Democracy features approaches to general education that help students develop the skills they need for participation in a diverse and globally connected democracy. Contributing authors also raise pertinent questions about opportunities for and barriers to faculty and students' democratic engagement in higher education itself.Read more

Diversity & Democracy, Spring 2014
Diversity & Democracy, Spring 2014

In the twenty-first century, the connections between local occurrences and global systems—financial, technological, natural, ideological—are more apparent than ever. This issue of Diversity & Democracy explores the global learning students need to grapple with this complexity while preparing for responsible action in the world.Read more

 Civic Engagement, Civic Development, and Higher Education
2014

What is, or can be, achieved by using the civic as an agent for change? Civic Engagement, Civic Development, and Higher Education, the fourth monograph in The Civic Series, is composed of fourteen essays written by college and university leaders and practitioners that consider engaging the community to be an intimate and necessary component of learning and knowledge creation for students, faculty and staff, and the community itself.

Diversity & Democracy, Winter, 2014
Diversity & Democracy, Winter 2014

This issue explores the relationship between recent technology-driven trends and higher education's civic commitments and equity goals. The issue invites readers to reflect on how technological change is affecting higher education's work to educate all students for participation in the linked spheres of civic and economic life.Read more

Civic Studies
2014

Civic Studies, the third monograph in The Civic Series, is composed of nine scholarly but accessible essays written by scholars from diverse disciplines and nationalities who address such questions as, "What should good citizens know and do? What scholarly knowledge is useful to citizens?" Civic Studies is available as a PDF.

Civic Values, Civic Practices
2013

Fourteen accessible essays written by national, international, disciplinary, and interdisciplinary scholars address the nature of civic values and their complex connections to profound learning practices that, within an open society, often involve taking risks and challenging conventions. This is the second monograph in The Civic Series, which was published by Bringing Theory to Practice between 2012 and 2014. 

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Diversity & Democracy, Summer 2013
Diversity & Democracy, Summer 2013

This issue of Diversity & Democracy features a range of approaches to assessing the impact of students’ engagement in diversity, global, and civic learning opportunities.Read more

Diversity & Democracy, Spring 2013
Diversity & Democracy, Spring 2013

This issue of Diversity & Democracy features examples of institutional leadership and campus models for diversity and equity that simultaneously advance underserved students’ educational access and success and promote the flourishing of institutions, communities, democracy, and global society at large.Read more

Diversity and Democracy, Winter 2013
Diversity & Democracy, Winter 2013

Diversity & Democracy, Winter 2013: This issue features examples of creative leadership and action that advance higher education's civic purposes through transformative partnerships, both at home and abroad.Read more

Diversity & Democracy, Fall 2012
Diversity & Democracy, Fall 2012

This issue of Diversity & Democracy highlights current research on the connections between civic engagement and student success, defined broadly across a range of outcomes. It shares civically engaged programs and related educational strategies that yield student success by a variety of measures.Read more

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