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NEASC Annual Meeting December 4-6, 2013 Philip J. Sisson Provost/VP of Academic and Student Affairs Middlesex Community College [email protected] Measuring Civic Engagement. MCC Fast Facts. Two Campuses – Bedford and Lowell Majors : 75 degree and certificate programs

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NEASC Annual MeetingDecember 4-6, 2013Philip J. SissonProvost/VP of Academic and Student AffairsMiddlesex Community [email protected]

  • Measuring Civic Engagement


Mcc fast facts
MCC Fast Facts

Two Campuses – Bedford and Lowell

  • Majors: 75 degree and certificate programs

  • Full-time Faculty: 125

  • Part-time Faculty: 460

  • Average Class Size: 21

  • Total enrollment: 13,267

    • Full-time Enrollment:

      (12 credits per semester): 5,307 (44%)

    • Female: 7,651 (58%)

    • Male: 5,616 (42%)


Social responsibility rubric
Social Responsibility Rubric

The MCC graduate will demonstrate Social Responsibility within the college community with:

  • Multicultural and Diversity Awareness

  • Student demonstrates involvement with people different from him/herself

  • Student acknowledges the presence of different viewpoints

  • Student recognizes own identity and culture and appreciates other cultures

  • Student articulates impact of a diverse society

  • Ethics, Values and Social Justice

  • Student recognizes injustice and discrimination

  • Student demonstrates the ability to make decisions based on ethical and moral reasoning

  • Citizenship and Civic Engagement

  • Student demonstrates an understanding of the value of citizenship

  • Student recognizes that s/he belongs to a community and demonstrates awareness of the community’s needs

  • Student engages in service to others

  • Student demonstrates understanding of how social change is achieved in a democratic system


The Vision Project – A Public Agenda for Higher Education in Massachusetts

Key Outcomes

  • College Participation

    Raising the percentage of high school graduates going to college—and the readiness of these students for college-level work.

  • College Completion

    Increasing the percentage of students who complete degree and certificate programs.

  • Student Learning

    Achieving higher levels of student learning through better assessment and more extensive use of assessment results.

  • Workforce Alignment

    Aligning occupationally oriented degree and certificate programs with the needs of statewide, regional and local employers.

  • Preparing Citizens

    Providing students with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to be active, informed citizens.

  • Closing Achievement Gaps

    Closing achievement gaps among students from different ethnic, racial and income groups in all areas of educational progress.

  • Research

    Conducting research that drives economic development.

    Time to Lead: The Need for Excellence in Public Higher Education, September 2012


Institutional culture shared responsibility for civic engagement
Institutional Culture/Shared Responsibility for Civic Engagement

  • Committed Leadership – Institution/System

  • Strong Collaboration – Academic and Student Affairs

  • Organizational Structure/Support

  • Use Internal and External Resources

  • Transition from “Inputs” to “Outcomes” Focus

  • On-Going Faculty Development – Assignment Design

  • Shared Commitment to Assessment/Improvement


Selected resources references
Selected Resources/References

  • ACPA and NASPA. 2004. Learning Reconsidered: A Campus-Wide Focus on the Student Experience. Washington, DC: ACPA and NASPA.

  • Clayton-Pedersen, Alma R., Sharon Parker, Daryl G. Smith, José F. Moreno, and Daniel Hiroyuki Teraguchi. 2007. Making a Real Difference with Diversity: A Guide to Institutional Change. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.

  • Colby, Anne, Elizabeth Beaumont, Thomas Ehrlich, and Josh Corngold. 2007. Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Political Engagement. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

  • Jacoby, Barbara. 2009. Civic Engagement in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

  • Kanter, Martha J., and Carol Geary Schneider. 2013. “Civic Learning and Engagement.” Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning 45 (1): 6–14.

  • Kuh, George D. 2008. High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are, Who Has Access to Them, and Why They Matter. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.

  • NASPA. N.d. “NASPA’s Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement.” http://www.naspa.org/clde/lead_initiative.cfm.

  • National Leadership Council for Liberal Education and America’s Promise. 2007. College Learning for the New Global Century. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.

  • National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement. 2012. A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.












Appendix F

UMass/Lowell - Integrative Learning and Community Engagement Rubric



Appendix H

Appendix B: Massachusetts Civic Learning and Engagement Assessment Framework

(Massachusetts Vision Project Frameworks for Civic Learning)


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