Civic Learning Publications

Peer Review, Fall 2017
Peer Review, Fall 2017

Educating students to be responsible, informed, and engaged citizens in their workplaces and the larger community should be an expected goal for every major. Supported by a grant from the Endeavor Foundation, this issue of Peer Review highlights different departmental and disciplinary designs that incorporate learning for civic and social responsibility into the requirements and pedagogy of a student’s major. Instead of civic-free zones, majors can provide space for educating for democratic engagement while deepening disciplinary learning.Read more

Diversity and Democracy, Spring-Summer, 2017
Diversity & Democracy, SPR/SUM 2017

What is the relationship between free speech and civil discourse? Which voices are heard in what contexts? And what are the implications for inclusive learning environments? This issue explores these questions and more, with a focus on how colleges and universities across the country are navigating current events.Read more

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, Fall, 2016
Diversity & Democracy, Fall 2016

In signature work, through integrative projects lasting at least one semester, students pursue questions that matter both to themselves and to society. This issue of Diversity & Democracy, produced in partnership with the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, explores what it means for students to explicitly and intentionally reflect and act on their roles within a community through their signature work.Read more

Diversity and Democracy, Summer, 2016
Diversity & Democracy, Summer 2016

Students can gain a sense of efficacy through projects focused on social innovation; they can ground this work in community-identified priorities through civic engagement experiences. Yet too often, social innovation and civic engagement efforts are separate from each other. This issue of Diversity & Democracy explores how colleges and universities are connecting these related areas of work.Read more

Well-Being and Higher Education: A Strategy for Change and the Realization of Education's Greater Purposes
2016

The newest release from Bringing Theory to Practice, Well-Being and Higher Education explores the multiple connections of well-being to higher education—and why those connections matter for the individual lives of students and those who teach; for the institution; and for whether or not the unique promise of higher education to a democratic society can be advanced . . . and realized.

The volume provides 35 accessible essays including but not limited to the following topics: a conceptual analysis of well-being; its significance for institutional policies, structures, and priorities; its practiced connections to higher education’s unique role in a democracy; campus violence; educational opportunities for non-traditional students; curricula and pedagogical practices in both the sciences and humanities; the connection between well-being and meaningful work; instituting campus well-being through lessons in the medical field; and 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, Winter, 2016
Diversity & Democracy, Winter 2016

This issue of Diversity & Democracy calls readers to invest in high-quality learning for all students by ensuring equitable access to both effective educational practices and welcoming campus climates. Contributing authors share evaluation and implementation strategies that support college success, particularly for students who have been underserved within higher education.Read more

Diversity and Democracy, Fall, 2015
Diversity & Democracy, Fall 2015

Produced in partnership between AAC&U and the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education (an initiative of Tufts University's Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service), this issue of Diversity & Democracy calls readers to examine how they can best support student and institutional engagement in political life. The issue highlights practices that advance educational goals related to political learning and explores the various roles that students, faculty, and administrators can play in creating a politically engaged and socially just democracy.Read more

Diversity and Democracy, Summer, 2015
Diversity & Democracy, Summer 2015

Global challenges offer critical opportunities for student learning. This issue highlights the multifaceted ways in which higher education is involving students in addressing the globally complex issues they will encounter throughout their lives. Contributing authors describe possible avenues into this work and raise pressing questions about equity and inclusion in a globally interdependent society.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.

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