Liberal Education & Civic Capacity: We Are Only Half-Way There

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Liberal Education & Civic Capacity: We Are Only Half-Way There

  1. 1. A Review of the Evidence of Students’ Civic Learning in College Prepared for the Presidents’ Trust by Carol Schneider, Association of American College & Universities Liberal Education & Civic Capacity: We Are Only Half-Way There
  2. 2. National Survey of Student Engagement 2009 – Students Reporting Small or No Gains in the Following Areas Personal and Social Responsibility: Understanding people of other racial and ethnic backgrounds 44% Developing a personal code of values and ethics 42% Contributing to the welfare of your community 52% Never participated in a community-based project related to a course 53%
  3. 3. Current academic standing % “Strongly Agree” First Year 41.3 Sophomore 33.4 Junior 32.1 Senior 31.1 “This campus has helped me expand my own awareness of the importance of being involved in the community and contributing to the greater good” AAC&U Personal & Social Responsibility Inventory Dimension: Contributing to a Larger Community Student sample: N = 23,950 Source: R. Reason, pers. comm., 2010. Analysis of 2007 data gathered from 23 institutions.
  4. 4. Current academic standing % “Strongly Agree” First Year 52.7 Sophomore 53.2 Junior 54.3 Senior 56.8 “I have developed an increased ability to learn from diverse perspectives during the time I have been in college” Student sample: N = 23,950 Source: R. Reason, pers. comm., 2010. Analysis of 2007 data gathered from 23 institutions. AAC&U Personal & Social Responsibility Inventory Dimension: Taking Seriously the Perspective of Others
  5. 5. Current academic standing % “Strongly Agree” First Year 43.0 Sophomore 32.1 Junior 29.8 Senior 27.2 “Helping students recognize the importance of taking seriously the perspective of others is a major focus of this campus” Student sample: N = 23,950 Source: R. Reason, pers. comm., 2010. Analysis of 2007 data gathered from 23 institutions. AAC&U Personal & Social Responsibility Inventory Dimension: Taking Seriously the Perspective of Others
  6. 6. For further details, please see the following publications, authored by Eric L. Dey and Associates, for AAC&U’s initiative “Core Commitments: Educating Students for Personal and Social Responsibility”: Engaging Diverse Viewpoints: What Is the Campus Civic Responsibility: What Is the Campus Climate fo
  7. 7. Many Students Are Developing Civic, Diversity and Democratic Capacities, But Too Many Are Not
  8. 8. Less than Half of the Public Considers Civic Engagement as an “Essential Outcome of College” (Public Agenda, 2000)
  9. 9. So, as a Democracy, We Have Educational Work to Do – Work that Is Fundamental— to America’s Future and the World’s As Well
  10. 10. What Next?
  11. 11. Your Institution’s Goals...  President fills in

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