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ERIC Number: ED528786
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 136
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-9827-8505-8
A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy's Future. A National Call to Action
Association of American Colleges and Universities (NJ1)
This report from the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement calls on the nation to reclaim higher education's civic mission. Commissioned by the Department of Education and released at a White House convening in January 2012, the report pushes back against a prevailing national dialogue that limits the mission of higher education to workforce preparation and training while marginalizing disciplines basic to democracy. "A Crucible Moment" calls on educators and public leaders to advance a 21st century vision of college learning for all students--a vision with civic learning and democratic engagement an expected part of every student's college education. The report documents the nation's anemic civic health and includes recommendations for action that address campus culture, general education, and civic inquiry as part of major and career fields as well as hands-on civic problem solving across differences. "A Crucible Moment" was prepared at the invitation of the U.S. Department of Education under the leadership of the Global Perspective Institute, Inc. (GPI) and AAC&U. The publication was developed with input from a series of national roundtables involving leaders from all parts of the higher education and civic renewal communities. Appended are: (1) Civic Investment Plan Templates; (2) Civic Learning and Democratic engagement Project Staff; (3) Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement National Roundtables: Participant List; and (4) Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement National Roundtables: Participating Organizations. (Contains 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges and Universities