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Policy Perspectives, v9 n4 Nov 2000

This issue of Policy Perspectives explores the obligation of institutions of higher education to prepare students for lives of citizenship in addition to individual success. The truth is that colleges and universities have never actually done much to educate students for lives of civic and political engagement. The real issue is what they must do to be part of the solution. Four fundamental activities are: (1) convene broad-ranging institutional discussions of the meaning and importance of civic engagement in a democratic society; (2) develop curricular programs that impact an understanding of principles central to an inclusive, diverse democracy; (3) demonstrate a willingness to magnify those voices expressing views that might not be heard otherwise; and (4) model responsible citizenship through the institution's own processes of academic governance and engagement with its neighbors. Fostering a more active sense of civic and political participation results from a combination of external motivation and an institution's recognition of the benefits such steps could yield for its own purposes. (SLD)

Descriptors: Citizenship Education, College Role, Colleges, Curriculum Development, Higher Education

Institute for Research on Higher Education, 4200 Pine Street, 5A, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4090. Tel: 800-437-9799 (Toll Free); e-mail: pp-requests[at]irhe.upenn.edu. For full text: http://www.irhe.upenn.edu/pubs.





Author: Zemsky, Robert, Ed.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=7385&id=ED448661



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