Bridging the Divides, Including All Students:
Diversity, Equity, and High-Impact Civic Learning Pathways
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Monday, February 6
|2:00 PM - 2:10 PM (EST)
|Welcome & Forum Overview
Martha Kanter, CEO, College Promise—a CLDE Coalition Lead Partner
|2:10 PM - 3:10 PM (EST)
|Rising to the Challenge: Civic and Democratic Learning for a Polarized World
Chair: Ron Crutcher, President Emeritus of University of Richmond
|3:15 PM - 4:15 PM (EST)
|Engaging Students with Democracy’s Contested Meanings: The Pros, Cons, and Possibilities of a College Civics Requirement
Ten states now make a college civics course required for all students in public postsecondary institutions. Influential national leaders and institutions have joined a chorus of support for this idea. In this session, panelists will examine the debates about whether such courses “work,” and what they should help students learn. Four panelists will provide different examples of civic courses that explore fundamental concepts, founding and freedom documents, free inquiry, and other proposed components of a required civics course.
Chair: Brian Pusser, Associate Professor of Higher Education, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
|4:30 PM - 5:30 PM (EST)
|Fostering Civic and Democratic Capacities—From First to Final Year
“Democracy is . . . an acquired habit. Like most habits, democratic behavior develops slowly over time, through constant repetition.” Yoni Appelbaum, The Atlantic.
These concurrent sessions examine ways that higher education can foster the habits of civic inquiry, engagement, and problem-solving across students’ entire educational experience.
Tuesday, February 7
|2:00 PM - 2:05 PM (EST)
|Welcome & Forum Overview
Rob Anderson, President, State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO)—a CLDE Coalition Lead Partner
|2:05 PM - 2:55 PM (EST)
|Toward a Shared Framework for Civic and Democratic Learning in College
Participants in this session will examine the CLDE Coalition’s Draft Frame for College Civic and Democratic Learning and consider ways that a shared framework can be used across national and state system efforts to make civic learning in college a widely shared priority.
Chair: Yolanda Watson Spiva, President, Complete College America, a CLDE Coalition Lead Partner.
|3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)
|Overcoming the Obstacles, Including All Students: Practical Advice From Institutions Where Civic Learning is Now a Signature
Each of the concurrent sessions listed below features institutions that already make civic learning a degree requirement. But no institution makes this decision overnight; each progresses on a continuum from civic learning as optional only to internal discussions, pilot efforts, recalibrated community partnerships, and, eventually, strategies and funding for full inclusion and ongoing program improvement. Campus leaders will share the strategies that worked to build internal support, external alliances that helped, and the stages and phases of making civic learning inclusive.
|Legislative Restrictions on Higher Education Classrooms
So-called "divisive concepts" laws, which place restrictions on university classroom instruction and training, have been passed by state legislatures around the country with great speed. This presentation will survey the national landscape of these laws and analyze the potential risks and consequences for higher education institutions.
|State Systems and their Member Institutions
This session explores “work-in-progress:” the formation of a new Multi-State Collaborative on College Civic and Democratic Learning. Led by SHEEO and NASH, in concert with the CLDE Coalition, the Collaborative promotes robust state-level policies and programs to accelerate civic learning for an engaged democracy among all levels of public higher education systems. Forum participants are invited to contribute their own thoughts on how state level support can strengthen campus civic learning and help US education revitalize its engagement with democracy and the public good.
|4:00 PM - 4:15 PM (EST)
|4:15 PM - 5:15 PM (EST)
|For Democracy’s Future—How Can We Quicken the Movement to Make College Civic Learning Inclusive?
Chair: Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill, Director, Campus Free Expression Project, Bipartisan Policy Center
|5:15 PM - 5:30 PM (EST)
|Resources for Institutional and Organizational Action: The CLDE Coalition Summer Forums for Campus Teams and Policy Organizations
Discussants: Dawn Whitehead, AAC&U; John Lane, SHEEO
|5:30 PM - 5:45 PM (EST)
|Wrap-up and Adjournment
Rob Anderson, President, SHEEO—A CLDE Coalition Lead Partner
College Civic Learning for an Engaged Democracy:
New Urgency, New Vision, New Educator–Policy Leader Alliances
The first forum—held December 13-14, 2022—showcased institutions that already involve all students in college civic learning and educator-policy alliances to accelerate the spread of civic and democratic inquiry in higher education. If you were not able to attend, session recordings are available.