About the Lead Initiative
NASPA’s Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (Lead Initiative) recognizes a network of 50 postsecondary institutions for their commitment to civic learning and democratic engagement.
Selected institutions, representing public and private four-year and two-year colleges and universities, have committed to a series of strategies to work in partnership with on and off campus constituents to influence students’ ongoing commitment to civic learning and democratic engagement, including:
building clear and tangible civic learning and democratic engagement activities into student affairs division strategic goals and learning outcomes;
collecting and reporting data on the efficacy of campus efforts using tools that measure gains in civic learning and democratic engagement;
and creating strategies in collaboration with students that increase civic learning and help solve community problems through collective action.
As a member of the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Network (CLDE), NASPA has made a commitment to encourage and highlight the work of student affairs in making civic learning and democratic engagement a part of every student’s college education. NASPA’s commitment to CLDE extends to January 2014.
NASPA's Lead Institutions
Covering two- and four-year public and private institutions, with enrollments ranging from over 28,000 to under 800, and with diverse student bodies across gender, race/ethnicity, and enrollment status, the Lead Initiative institutions reflect the diversity of the U.S. higher education landscape. To access a pdf list of the 50 Lead institutions and to learn more about their enrollment profile please click here
Lead Initiative Press Announcement
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 access a pdf of the press announcement please click here