Moraine Valley Community College
October 5, 2018
Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) is dedicated to ensuring students gain the knowledge and skills needed to meet the demands of a changing world. MVCC’s district covers 139 square miles in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. The district has population of about 400,000 people and includes 26 communities of varying demographic and socioeconomic backgrounds. When Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) set to work on creating its Strategic Plan for 2015-2019 one thing was certain, that to truly meet the needs of community, students, faculty, and staff there had to be a strong commitment to Civic Learning and Democratic engagement. MVCC’s 2015-2019 Strategic Plan fosters a continuous improvement environment. CLDE is embedded within its goals:
MVCC Goal SS.11: Engaging students in citizenship and democracy through both education and practical hands-on civic experiences. MVCC has thus far:
An area of strength for MVCC is the President and Executive Leadership Team foster the idea of CLDE on MVCC’s campus. It was through Dr. Jenkins’ direction that MVCC joined TDC and form a committee. MVCC is fortunate to have strong cooperative efforts by the Student Development and Academic Affairs offices. Being able to leverage the resources, talents, knowledge of faculty and staff has allowed the CLDE committee to bring insightful and enriching programing on campus. The CLDE committee also invites student participation. Members of the Student Government Association and Moraine Valley Political Activist Club have shared their input as to what they assess as student needs. This ensures the programing presented by TDC is truly of value to the MVCC student body.
Although MVCC has been persistent in the CLDE journey, it is still a long way from being finished. One of the goals the committee has been trying to wrap its arms around is how to collect data such as how have MVCC’s efforts influenced our students and communities viewpoints and their participation in the democratic process? The data would provide valuable information as to where to focus resources and support.
Another area for growth is collaborating with external organizations; it is through collaborations with that MVCC hopes to find new and better ways to bring CLDE events and programing to students.
MVCC has not taken the commitment to CLDE lightly and plans to continuously review its efforts to bring more thought producing programing to the community, students, faculty and staff. This will be supported by embedding the civic engagement initiatives into the next four year strategic plan for the institution.
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