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Assessment of Civic Engagement. Nathan Lindsay and Dan Stroud University of Missouri-Kansas City January 17, 2014. Students in my department have an appropriate degree of civic engagement in their coursework. Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Assessment of Civic EngagementNathan Lindsay and Dan StroudUniversity of Missouri-Kansas CityJanuary 17, 2014 in my department have an appropriate degree of civic engagement in their coursework.

Strongly agreeAgreeNeither agree nor disagreeDisagreeStrongly disagreeNot applicableOur department has done a good job of documenting the benefits and learning that occurs through civic engagement.

Strongly agreeAgreeNeither agree nor disagreeDisagreeStrongly disagreeNot applicableQuick Fact #1 More than 70 percent of all college students report participating in some form of volunteering, community service, or service learning during their time in college.

(Source: National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement. 2012. A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracys Future. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.)

Accessed on 1/10/14 at Fact #2About one-half of college students report participating in credit-bearing service learning activities during their time in college.

(Source: National Survey of Student Engagement. 2010. NSSE 2010 Grand Frequencies by Major, First-Year Students and Seniors. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research; Data from the Higher Education Research Institute cited in ONeill, Nancy. Forthcoming. Practices that Matter: Educating Students for Personal and Social Responsibility. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.)

Accessed on 1/10/14 at Fact #3Emerging evidence suggests that the more frequently students participate in a continuum of civic learning practices (e.g. service learning, meaningful cross-racial interactions on campus or in classrooms, or real-world problem-based learning), the more they make gains on a variety of civic outcomes.

(Sources: Blaich, C. and Wise, K. 2011. Wabash National Study findings on Personal and Social Responsibility. Unpublished data provided by the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education; Bowen, Glenn. 2010. Service-Learning in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Effective Practices. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. 4(2): 1-15; Eyler, Janet S., Giles, Dwight E., Stenson, Christine M., Gray, Charlene J. 2001. At a Glance: What We Know about The Effects of Service-Learning on College Students, Faculty, Institutions and Communities, 1993-2000: Third Edition. Retrieved 10/12/10 from content/uploads/resources/downloads/aag.pdf); Hurtado, Sylvia and DeAngelo, Linda. Forthcoming 2012. Linking Diversity and Civic-Minded Practices with Student Outcomes: New Evidence from CIRP National Surveys. Liberal Education. 98 (2).)

Accessed on 1/10/14 at and Community Engagement UMKC Gen Ed OutcomesStudents will be able to identify the problems, challenges, and opportunities of an urban university.Students will understand their relationship to both a local and global community and the social, political, and cultural issues therein.Students will develop an appreciation for the meaning and global impact of urbanization. Students will have an understanding of the U.S. and Missouri Constitutions and their impact on issues facing these various communities. Students will engage with the UMKC community of learners.Examples of High Impact ExperiencesAnchor III Courses (Team-taught interdisciplinary courses focused on civic engagement).

Service Learning (Service learning is a teaching method that combines community service with academic instruction as it focuses on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility).

Study Abroad (Study abroad consists of educational activities completed outside of the United Statesthese activities can include classroom study, research, internships or externships, and service learning).

Internships (An internship is an opportunity to integrate career related experience into an undergraduate education by participating in planned, supervised work).


Enhancing High-Impact PracticesWhat data do you have in your department on the following high-impact practices?What recommendations do you have for collecting data (at the departmental and institutional levels)?Service Learning InternshipsStudy AbroadOther?

Carnegie Community Engagement ClassificationDescribes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities on local, state, national and global levels.

Is an elective classification based on voluntary participation by an institution.

Evidenced based documentation of institutional practice to be used in a process of self-assessment and quality improvement.

Takes place on a five year cycle.

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10Liberal Education and Americas Promise (LEAP)First established in 2005, the program champions an importance placed upon a 21st century liberal education offered to individuals with the hope of greater economic creativity and a more relevant and driven democratic society.

Responds to demands for more college educated workers as well as better informed and engaged citizens.

Carnegie Community Engagement Classification11Liberal Education and Americas Promise (LEAP) What Program Promotes

Essential Learning Outcomes- used as a guiding vision for college learningHigh-Impact Educational Practices- aids students in achievement of elevated outcomesAuthentic Assessments- applies student learning to outside real world expectationsInclusive Excellence- everyone should receive engaged and practical education

Possibilities for AssessmentStudent self-reflection (evaluated by a rubric that addresses the courses civic education learning outcomes)Student essay (also evaluated by a rubric)Exam on civic engagement principlesFocus group or survey asking students about the learning outcomesEvaluation from the community partnersAAC&U Civic Engagement Value RubricDefinitionCivic engagement is working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make that difference.It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes." (Excerpted from Civic Responsibility and Higher Education, edited by Thomas Ehrlich, published by Oryx Press, 2000, Preface, page vi.) Consists of activities of personal and public concern that are both individually life enriching and socially beneficial to the community.

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Civic Engagement Value Rubric

General Education Assessment Report (due October 1st each year)Example from Pol-Sci 309: Public Opinion

Expected General Education Outcomes

Students will analyze, interpret and/or reconstruct human events, experiences, actions, and interactions.Students will examine principles of value and civic duty in a wide range of settings and will demonstrate an understanding of personal values and the values of others.Students will be able to identify ethical problems using their understanding of ethical theory and moral reasoning.

General Education Assessment Report Pol-Sci 309: Public OpinionHow will outcomes be addressed?Through exposure to factors such as values, media, socialization, and those of genetic consequence.Through lectures, scholarly research, and discussion, students will evaluate the existence and prevalence of a deep division in American Politics.How will outcomes be assessed?Direct Assessment - Written rubrics for formal assignments (quizzes, exams, lab assignments, and research papers)Indirect Assessment (in-class discussion, small group problem solving, and feedback from faculty)

Learning OutcomeIndirect Assessment MeasuresDirect Assessment MeasuresCompetency DefinedAchievement TargetResultsAction PlanExplain the formation of public opinion including the role of human valuesResponses to in-class questions and group activitiesMidterm Exam (Essay Question)Rubric Score>80 (B-)80% Competency87% CompetencyModify exam to maximize students ability to convey knowledge and understanding of material and spend an additional week discussing the evidence and incorporate lecture materialExplain the formation of public opinion including the role of human valuesResponses to in-class questions and group activitiesQuiz 2Rubric Score>80 (B-)80% Competency100% Competency Continue current methods Measures, Findings, and Closing the Assessment LoopStudent Learning Outcomes and Assessments Pol-Sci 309: Public OpinionPoorNeeds ImprovementGoodExcellentMechanics and GrammarSentences and paragraphs are difficult to read and understand due to poor grammar or mechanics.Contains numerous grammar and mechanical errorsContains minimal grammar or mechanical errorsClear and concise and contains no grammatical or mechanical errorsOrganizationOrganization and coherence of ideasThere appears to be no organization of the content.Organization is difficult to follow, due to inadequate transitions and/or rambling format.Can be easily followed. A combination of the following is apparent: Basic transitions and a structured format are used.Can be easily followed. A combination of the following is apparent: Effective transitions and a structured format are used.Define the Culture WarDoes not define the Culture WarAttempts to define the culture war, but does not do so effectivelyDefines the culture war, but provides few detailsDefines the culture war w