Civic Learning 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

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, 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.

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, Fall 2014
Diversity & Democracy, Fall 2014

This issue of Diversity & Democracy features multiple approaches to creating and evaluating campus and classroom climates that value diversity and that support the success of underserved students. Contributing authors describe targeted student success programs and campus-wide initiatives designed to foster engagement with diversity.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.

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