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Northeast regional campus compact university of connecticut may 19 2014

Northeast Regional Campus CompactUniversity of Connecticut, May 19, 2014

Beyond Service and

Service Learning:

The Next Big Steps for Community Engagement in Higher Education


Campus compact story

Campus Compact “Story”

  • Transitional Stage: New Leadership

  • Community Service 

    Service learning (institutionalization) 

    Civic (political) Engagement 

    Campus-Community Partnerships


Northeast regional campus compact university of connecticut may 19 2014

“Doing service as a college student was such a meaningful experience for me. I hope that my children have the opportunity to work in homeless shelters.”

College senior, quoted in Bernadette Chi, “What is Wrong with This Picture?” (1993)


Campus compact story1

Campus Compact “Story”

Community Service 

Service learning (institutionalization) 

Civic (political) Engagement 

Campus-Community Partnerships


Northeast regional campus compact university of connecticut may 19 2014

“In everything I have to do in a school day, the last thing I’m going to care about is politics. That’s just the way I am. I mean, I’d rather go and help a kid read than see what’s going on.”

--College Student, quoted in Millennials Talk Politics (2007)


President s declaration on the civic responsibility of higher education

President’s Declaration on the Civic Responsibility of Higher Education

  • “[We] commit ourselves…to renew our role as agents of our democracy, [to] catalyze and lead a national movement to reinvigorate the public purposes and civic mission of higher education”

  • “[T]his service is not leading students to embrace the duties of active citizenship and civic participation.”


Campus compact story2

Campus Compact “Story”

Community Service 

Service learning (institutionalization) 

Civic (political) Engagement 

Community Engagement (partnerships)


Northeast regional campus compact university of connecticut may 19 2014

“Communities have problems;

Universities have departments”

--Derek Bok, Universities in the Marketplace, 2003


Do names language matter

Do Names, Language Matter?

  • “Service”

  • “Engagement”

  • “Partner-ship”


Disappointment with the field a mile wide and an inch deep

Disappointment with the Field:A mile wide and an inch deep

  • The Problem of Time: Most higher education “interventions” are one-course, one-semester

  • The Problem of [Democratic] Values: Most programs are “thin” in their conceptual notions of civic engagement and democracy

  • The Problem of Accountability: Inadequate attention to what graduates should think & be prepared to do concerning civic action/identity


A framework for 21 st century civic learning democratic engagement crucible moment

“A Framework for 21st Century Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement” (Crucible Moment)

  • Knowledge

  • Skills

  • Values

  • Collective Action


Next big steps

Next Big Steps?

  • The Problem of Time

    Sustained, Developmental Programs

  • The Problem of [Democratic] Values 

    Concise Articulation of Core Outcomes

    (critical reflection, voice)

  • The Problem of Accountability

    Longitudinal studies of alumni/ae, community impact


Northeast regional campus compact university of connecticut may 19 2014

“We will know we are successful by the robust debate on our campuses, and by the civic behaviors of our students. We will know it by the civic engagement of our faculty. We will know it when our community partnerships improve the quality of community life and the quality of the education we provide.”

  • Campus Compact, President’s Declaration, 1999


Beyond service service learning

“Beyond” Service/Service Learning?

Peter Levine, on “best examples” of service learning:

“[They] are true collaborations among students, professors, and community members; they have a political dimension (that is, they organize people to tackle fundamental problems collectively); they combine deliberation with concrete action; and they are connected to “teaching and learning, research, and the dissemination of knowledge [goals] that drive the university”


Thank you

Thank You!

Questions?

Comments?


References

References

  • Colby, A., Beaumont, E., Ehrlich, T., & Corngold, J. (2007). Educating for Democracy: Preparing undergraduates for responsible political engagement. Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

  • Knefelkamp, L. (2008). Civic identity: Locating self in community. Diversity and Democracy, 11(2), 1-3.

  • Mitchell, T., Visconti, V., Keene, A. & Battistoni, R. (2011). Educating for Democratic Leadership at Stanford, UMass and Providence College. In N.V. Longo & C.M. Gibson (Eds.) From command to community: A new approach to leadership education in colleges and universities (115-148).University of New England Press.

  • Musil, C. M. (2003). Educating for citizenship. Peer Review, 5(3). 4-8.

  • 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.

  • UK national curriculum in Active Citizenship: http://www.dfes.gov.uk/citizenship


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