#CLDE18 In Review
Our recent 2018 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting in Anaheim, Calif., brought together a great group of faculty, students, administrators, community partners and representatives from our national sponsor and partner organizations committed to advancing civic learning and democratic engagement through higher education. Read on for highlights of our time together.
NASPA Priorities for HEA Reauthorization
While there is much to celebrate in our national landscape of colleges and universities, years of state disinvestment and the diminishing purchasing power of federal grant programs have resulted in noticeable signs of wear. Our federal policy has failed to keep up with today’s more diverse student body, including many adults shouldering responsibility for not only their own education, but also that of their children, resulting in a system of financial aid and regulations that are ill-suited to meeting the needs of either today’s students or the American taxpayer. The reauthorization of Higher Education Act (HEA) presents an opportunity to correct that course and fulfill both the promise and the responsibility of the federal government to today’s students. In this post, NASPA director of policy research and advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds provides background on HEA and identifies priorities for NASPA in reauthorization.
Beyond Voter Registration: Teaching Students to Be Active Citizens
Registering students to vote is an important first step in engaging them in our democracy. But how do we help them gain the knowledge and skills to become active citizens? The Civic Engagement Council at Elon University is comprised of faculty, staff, and students from across campus. The Council plans and coordinates a variety of programs to help students approach their civic responsibilities on a deeper level. Programs touch on civic education; deeper dialogue; and race, ethnicity, and faith understanding.
Expanding Students Civic Participation through the DC Experience
As administrators and campus leaders, we can take these lessons learned from Leadership UMiami and apply them to our programing to better engage the future leaders of our world. However, we also must understand the importance of creating communities and space for our students to engage in dialogue and understanding around issues important to them. Providing these opportunities and spaces can further the civic participation on our campuses and create a greater sense of community.
Opening A Center Leads To An Enhanced Relationship
Illinois State University’s Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CESL) just finished its first school year in operation. Well, it is not as concise as that. Our director has been planning for the department since 2015. The assistant director for Assessment, Data Management, and Grant Writing started in December 2016, which was also the same month our physical space was available. The office/budget manager began in April 2017. Those of us reorganized from the Dean of Students Office moved in June 2017. It was more of a rolling start, but the 2017 – 2018 school year marked our first official year as a department. The Center was formally recognized and introduced to our campus and community in September 2017 with a ribbon cutting.
Knowledge that Works at the Polls
While there is still a great deal of work ahead, Pavan Purswani and the Office of Transitions and Community Engagement will continue to work to drive voter engagement at UB. And while other campuses may consider adopting some of the successful practices at UB, it’s important to choose strategies that work for your campus and that keep your institution’s unique culture and practices in mind.