Civic Learning and Engagement
In 2010, The Vision Project identified five key educational outcomes in which public higher education should aspire to national leadership: college participation; graduation and student success rates; level of student learning; alignment of degree production with workforce needs, and elimination of disparities in educational outcomes among subpopulations. In March 2012, the Board of Higher Education added a sixth key educational outcome to the Vision Project focused on civic education and engagement, reflecting more accurately the "vision" of an educated citizenry. Tracking the hours of engagement and the number and range of community partners is a key feature of assessment of civic learning and engagement. Projects involving service learning, internships, Practicums, clinical placements, and volunteerism involve faculty, staff, and students in reciprocal partnerships with public, private and non-profit organizations in communities to address critical social issues. The goals of service learning and civic learning and engagement are to prepare individuals for effective democratic participation, which in turn promotes growth of healthy communities, global economic vitality, social and political well-being and democratic human interactions. Toward this end, The Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement began moving toward a comprehensive tracking in ’11. While the system we have in place is not flawless, we have moved toward wide participating in the tracking of projects and services, and this year — 2012-2013 — reporting the following:
Service Learning: 32 projects involving 487 Students contributing 8308.5 hours.
Internships: 131 Projects involving 140 students contributing 20,243 hours.
Volunteerism: 33 Projects involving 541 students and 2453.5 hours.
Clinicals: 47 Projects involving 1264 students contributing 95,513 hours.
Practicums: 90 Projects involving 443 students contributing 23,118 hours.
Community Based Research: 3 Projects involving 20 students contributing 82 Hours.
In all, 336 Projects involving 380 partners and 2895 students contributing 149,718 hours.