NASPA Announces Lead Initiative on Civic and Democratic Engagement
NASPA, the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession, announces a network of 50 colleges and universities committed to encouraging and highlighting the work of student affairs in making civic learning and democratic engagement a part of every student’s college education. To learn more about this exciting effort, please access the link at left, or click here.
NASPA A Key Partner is Higher Education Movement to Support Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement
In fall 2010, Global Perspective Institute Inc. (GPI), in collaboration with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), was awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Education to assess the state of civic learning and democratic engagement among two- and four-year colleges and universities. The project was charged with producing a national report and action plan with ambitious recommendations for strengthening these commitments.
The culminating report, A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future, was released at a White House event (view video) attended by NASPA Executive Director Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy in January 2012. Dungy represents NASPA as part of the project's steering committee.
In this role, Dungy presented at a national symposium, Reversing a Civic Recession: What Higher Education Can Do, on January 25, 2012 in Washington, DC. The symposium gathered higher education leaders ready to mobilize the sector as one of the defining sites for learning and practicing democratic and civic responsibilities. It pushed participants to think through how to make such learning expected, rather than optional, for every college student.