Saturday, September 20, 2014

National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Report

A new report was released by the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement, which was commissioned by the Department of Education and supported by the AAC&U. Click here to view.

The report is a call for a reinvigoration of civic learning in higher education, particularly as it connects to democratic engagement and collaborative problem-solving, all critical topics to communication scholars and students.

This report from the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement calls on the nation to reclaim higher education's civic mission. Commissioned by the Department of Education and released at a White House convening in January 2012, the report pushes back against a prevailing national dialogue that limits the mission of higher education to workforce preparation and training while marginalizing disciplines basic to democracy. The Task Force calls on educators and public leaders to advance a 21st century vision of college learning for all students-a vision with civic learning and democratic engagement an expected part of every student's college education. The report documents the nation's anemic civic health and includes recommendations for action that address campus culture, general education, and civic inquiry as part of major and career fields as well as hands-on civic problem solving across differences.

A Crucible Moment was prepared at the invitation of the U.S. Department of Education under the leadership of the Global Perspective Institute, Inc. (GPI) and AAC&U. The publication was developed with input from a series of national roundtables involving leaders from all parts of the higher education and civic renewal communities, including Campus Compact. The Compact will continue its involvement by sitting on the leadership committee to implement the recommendations.

 

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