Five Things Student Affairs Professionals Can Do to Institutionalize Civic Engagement

Laura E. Sponsler and Matthew Hartley

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This brief is constructed around five key suggestions for chief student affairs officers to consider to improve their institutional culture, policy, and practice in order to advance their institution’s educational opportunities to prepare students for active citizenship and active participation in our nation's democracy.

While the responsibility of this task is shared among faculty, administrators, policymakers, and community leaders, the brief argues that student affairs leadership is crucial to institutionalizing civic learning and democratic engagement. The brief is constructed around five key suggestions for chief student affairs officers to consider to improve their institutional culture, policy, and practice in order to advance their institution’s educational opportunities to prepare students for active citizenship and active participation in our nation's democracy.

Authored by Laura E. Sponsler, Ph.D., Director, Civic Learning Initiatives, NASPA and Matthew Hartley, Chair of the Higher Education Division and Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, this brief is the second of NASPA's 5 Things Series produced and supported by the NASPA Research and Policy Institute (RPI).

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