Making Education for Personal and Social Responsibility Everyone’s Obligation Civic Learning at the Intersections: U.S. Diversity, Global Education, and Democracy’s Unfinished Work October 19, 2007 Denver, CO Caryn McTighe Musil , Senior Vice President & Director, Core Commitments
Civic Learning at the Intersections: U.S. Diversity, Global Education, and Democracy’s Unfinished Work
October 19, 2007 Denver, CO
Caryn McTighe Musil, Senior Vice President & Director, Core Commitments
Nancy O’Neill, Director of Programs, OEIR & Assistant Director, Core Commitments
But what do college students say they are hoping to get from their time studying?
“Civic responsibility and leadership are qualities that individuals are born with. . .”
High School Student in an AAC&U Focus Group
“We may be born free, but we are not born citizens—we have to acquire the traits that enable us to participate effectively in the world.”
Beginning in school, and continuing at successively higher levels across their college studies, students should prepare for twenty-first-century challenges by gaining:
--Civic knowledge and engagement—local and global
--Intercultural knowledge and competence
--Ethical reasoning and action
--Foundations and skills for lifelong learning
Anchored through active involvement with diverse communities and real-world challenges
…are vehicles for…
Student learning is the collective responsibility of all individuals and units responsible for the curriculum and co-curriculum.
Education for PSR, to be intentionally fostered in all students, must pervade the institution’s culture.
Institutions must care about and unapologetic-ally educate for personal and social responsibility.
Ethical, civic, and moral development must be closely tied to a substantive vision for student learning that is shared across constituent groups.
These forms of learning, which are cumulative and build on prior knowledge and experience, need to be assessed along the way.