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2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting

2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting
The American Democracy Project (ADP), The Democracy Commitment (TDC), and NASPA are committed to advancing the civic engagement movement in higher education. Join us from June 7-10, 2017 in Baltimore, Md. for our annual conference which brings together faculty, student affairs professionals, senior campus administrators, students, and community partners. Together we will work to ensure that students graduate from our colleges and universities--both public and private--prepared to be the informed, engaged citizens that our communities and our democracy need.

For more information, including hotel reservations, please visit: http://www.aascu.org/meetings/clde17

Sign up by May 1st for our Campus & Friends Showcase at CLDE17 on Thursday, June 8th! Learn more here: https://adpaascu.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/clde-2017-flyer.docx. Sign up here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CLDE17Showcase

When
6/7/2017 - 6/10/2017
Where
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront 700 Aliceanna Street Baltimore, MD 21202

Program

   

Wednesday, 07 June 2017

 
Charting a Course on the Pathway to Civic Engagement: An Inventory and Action Plan for Engaged Campuses

This full day pre-conference institute is designed for teams from colleges and universities interested in strategic planning of their civic learning and democratic engagement efforts. This institute will provide not only the results of a comprehensive inventory of current practice and infrastructure to advance community engagement, but the “gift of time” for administrators to meet and work with their directors of campus centers for engagement to begin strategic planning for continued development of community engagement. This institute is designed for TWO individuals from each institution: the director of the campus center for community engagement (or staff responsible for CLDE work) and their immediate supervising administrator. The workshop is limited to 10 teams or 20 participants.

Participants will complete an online inventory in advance of the institute and receive their profile results onsite. The inventory can be accessed online and must be completed by May 1, 2017 in order to have the results ready for the workshop. The inventory takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Institutions that have received the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement can access the inventory from this URL link: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1438026/promising-practice-and-infrastructure-2

Institutes that do NOT have the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement can access the inventory from this URL link: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1348045/promising-practice-and-infrastructure-1

The morning half of the institute will provide an overview of the inventory and provide an overview of the instrument and the history of its development based on a 2013 research project conducted with the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE). The morning portion will continue with a presentation and review of the results from the inventory completed in advance. In this way workshop participants can compare the profile of their current operations with comparable institutions that have received the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement.

Organizer: Marshall Welch, Independent Scholar and author of Engaging Higher Education: Purpose, Platforms, and Programs for Community Engagement (2016)

Please note: The fee for this institute includes lunch on Wednesday and is for a team of two people; it also includes one copy per team of the book Engaging Higher Education: Purpose, Platforms, and Programs for Community Engagement (Stylus, 2016). Whoever registers the team will be asked later to provide the name of the other team participant. A team of two people from the same institution must participate and include the lead campus civic engagement individual and their supervisor.
Time
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM
Assessment Part I: Planning For Institution-Wide Data Collection On Civic and Community Engagement

As institutions implement high impact practices across their campuses, learning outcomes, curricular and co-curricular activities, and assessment tools can often become disjointed. This workshop will guide attendees through a concentrated, cooperative process of unpacking and measuring civic outcomes such as civic identity, working with others to solve wicked problems, civic mindedness, and being an agent for social change. Ultimately, participants will articulate the alignment (and in some cases, mismatch) between outcomes, interventions, and assessment methods.

Attendees should come with a specific program or course in mind and consider bringing a colleague with whom you can brainstorm transdisciplinary assessment practices. Transdisciplinary assessment means that faculty and staff from different disciplines or units on campus work jointly to develop new or innovative measurement practices from which informed decisions can be made to improve practices surrounding students’ civic learning and democratic engagement during college.

Attendees will be introduced to the plethora of measurement tools that purport to assess students’ civic learning and development, such as: AAC&U VALUE Rubrics, Civic Minded Graduate Rubric 2.0, campus-wide survey instruments (ETS Civic Competency and Engagement, NSSE, CIRP Surveys, PRSI, etc.), and a host of other pre to post and retrospective pre to post scales such as social dominance orientation, belief in a just world, or the Interpersonal Reactivity Index. After this facilitated discussion, participants will have a chance to apply certain tools to student artifacts such as essays, digital stories, and eportfolios. Applying the tools to artifacts will allow for participants to evaluate and synthesize their plans for assessing student civic learning and development as it relates to participating in high impact practices during college.

Organizers: H. Anne Weiss, Director of Assessment, Indiana Campus Compact and Assessment Specialist in Community Engagement, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; and Ross Markle, Senior Research & Assessment Director, Global Higher Education Division, ETS
Time
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
9:00 AM
Dialogue and Deliberation: Moderator Training

In preparation for the Friday plenary session, Democratic Deliberation on Safety and Justice, we invite conference participants to the pre-conference for an introduction to democratic deliberation and the tools/skills to moderate. During this session, participants examine democratic dialogue and deliberation while learning the skills and roles of active and engaged moderation. A first look of the new NIFI issue guide, Safety and Justice, is provided. Participants are encouraged to practice moderating and are invited to practice more fully during Friday morning's plenary.

Organizers: Kara Lindaman, Professor of Political Science, Winona State University (Minn.); John Dedrick, Vice-President, Kettering Foundation; William Muse, President Emeritus, National Issues Forum Institute; and John J. Theis, Executive Director, Center for Civic Engagement, Lone Star College (Texas)

Please note: The $65 registration fee will be waived for undergraduate students. Please email adp@aascu.org to register a student for this session at no cost.
Time
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
9:00 AM
Measures That Matter: Regarding Engaged Scholarship In Tenure and Promotion

Many higher education institutions have faculty involved in community engaged scholarship but lack strategies for assessing the quality of this work for promotion and tenure or contract renewal. Engaged scholars do not know how to make the case that their work is scholarship and personnel committees do not know how to evaluate non-traditional, engaged scholarship. A knowledge gap exists related to criteria that might be held up against engaged scholarship projects to assess quality and impact. The purpose of this preconference workshop is to share specific reforms that can be put in place to define, assess, document, and reward community engaged scholarship. I will share promotion and tenure language that has already been put in place at other institutions and then suggest four criteria that could be used to assess engaged scholarship portfolios.

Organizer: KerryAnn O'Meara, Professor of Higher Education, Director of UMD ADVANCE, University of Maryland, College Park
Time
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
9:00 AM
Assessment Part II: Measuring Civic Outcomes During College

Most campuses are eager to answer the question "How are the students, faculty, and staff on campus working to address civic issues and public problems?" We will explore this question in this workshop by reviewing a range of strategies to assess community-engaged activities (i.e., curricular, co-curricular, or project-based activities that are done in partnership with the community). In addition to these many strategies, institutions also often approach assessment with a variety of lenses including assessment and evaluation of community outcomes, student outcomes, partnership assessment and faculty/staff engagement among others. In practice, campuses confront an array of challenges to align these approaches into a comprehensive data collection framework and infrastructure. This session will give participants tools, strategies, and information to design, initiate and/or enhance systematic mechanisms for monitoring and auditing community-engaged activities across your institution. .

Organizers: H. Anne Weiss, Director of Assessment, Indiana Campus Compact and Assessment Specialist in Community Engagement, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; and Ross Markle, Senior Research & Assessment Director, Global Higher Education Division, ETS
Time
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
1:00 PM
Educating for the Democracy We Want, Not the One We Have After a long and contentious presidential election season, the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the U.S. stunned faculty, administrators, and students. University presidents issued post-election statements calling for a wide range of responses ranging from tolerance and understanding to vigilance and the protection of democratic principles. Many academics chastised themselves for not making conservative perspectives on campus more visible prior to the election. Others felt they had not done enough to demand truth and statements about public controversies based on facts. National elections represent a teachable moment in college student learning. Over the past two years, the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University has been studying campus climates - the norms, structures, behaviors, and attitudes – for political learning and engagement in democracy. From that research, we’ve identified several attributes of campus climates that may be conducive to political learning for all students, not just a few. Using resources developed by IDHE, workshop participants will have an opportunity to examine what worked and what did not work on their campuses during the 2016 election season. Participants will also examine their political climates beyond election seasons, with particular attention to areas for growth. Participants will leave with new tools, language, and perspectives for educating the next generation of politically engaged students in the context of the current national and regional political landscape in the U.S.  Organizers: Nancy Thomas, Director, and Ishara Casellas Connors, Associate Director, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE), Jonathan M. Tisch College for Civic Life at Tufts University (Mass.)
Time
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
1:00 PM
Integrating Civic Responsibility Into the Curriculum

Community engagement and academic learning are central to higher education's mission. Explore ways to help faculty, staff, and administrators prepare students for effective involvement in a diverse democratic society, and examine the role and obligation of higher education to produce good citizens. This interactive workshop features hands-on activities that include looking at service learning from charity and social justice perspectives; identifying appropriate reflection activities; analyzing course syllabi for elements of civic responsibility and civic engagement; reviewing syllabi from the perspectives of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners; and integrating purposeful civic learning strategies into college courses.

Participants will learn how to use the free online book "A Practical Guide for Integrating Civic Responsibility into the Curriculum" and its companion train-the-trainer videos so they can lead civic responsibility workshops or activities on their own campuses. They will explore the concept of purposeful civic learning using concrete examples of how to guide students to develop the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to be effective citizens. Participants will identify purposeful civic learning objectives, classroom strategies, student assignments, and assessment techniques; and articulate specific ideas, activities, and plans for including purposeful civic learning in service learning projects.

Organizers: Gail Robinson, Education Consultant, Gail Robinson Consulting; Duane Oakes, Faculty Director, Center for Community & Civic Engagement, Mesa Community College (Ariz.); Emily Morrison, Assistant Professor, Sociology, and Director, Human Services and Social Justice Program, George Washington University (D.C.); and Cathy Doyle, Director, Sarbanes Center for Public and Community Service, Anne Arundel Community College (Md.)
Time
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
1:00 PM
Student Pre-Conference Workshop
For undergraduate students only

This symposium will introduce students to #CLDEStuds17 that will provide a space to discuss issues that focus on being an active participant in the local and national communities, and will give students the tools to be effective activists in their communities. These open discussions will be held in large and small groups to effectively dissect the topics being discussed. To thoroughly accomplish our goals at the conference we hope that our peers come with open minds, and thoughtful ideas to contribute to discussions not only at this conference, but at home with their peers. There will be additional information closer to the conference for those who register. We hope to engage our attendees with new, and exciting, information that can further reach students across the nation, and actively enhance the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement initiatives.

Organized by the 2017 CLDE Student Interns: Amber Austin, student, Tarrant County College (Texas); Tyler Ferrari, student, Chapman University (Calif.); and Christina Melecio, student, Winona State University (Minn.)
Time
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
1:00 PM

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