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 Global Perspective Institute Inc.

Dr. Larry A. Braskamp, President
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For Immediate Release


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Global Perspective Institute to Hold a National Dialogue and Develop National Action Plan on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement in College

Global Perspective Institute, in Collaboration with AAC&U, Will Advise U.S. Department of Education on Advancing Postsecondary Education's Leadership in Promoting Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement

Chicago --- October 19, 2010—The Global Perspective Institute (GPI) announced today that it has received a contract from the U.S. Department of Education to hold a national dialogue and in partnership with AAC&U, develop a set of recommendations for a national action plan to increase the visibility and impact of postsecondary education's efforts to advance students' civic learning and democratic engagement.

The initiative will involve a broad array of educators, leaders and organizations that already are active in fostering civic engagement and learning, at home and abroad. Taking stock of where civic and democratic learning stands today, GPI will explore the kinds of learning that provide a strong 21st century foundation for knowledgeable and responsible citizenship in a diverse and interdependent world.

“I am pleased to be a part of this initiative sponsored by the Department of Education," said Larry Braskamp, President of the Global Perspective Institute. "Being an informed, engaged, and globally knowledgeable citizen is integral to holistic student development, especially since students today will increasingly be living in a pluralistic and global society. I am also pleased that AAC&U is collaborating with the Institute in conducting a national dialogue and developing an action plan. As a Senior Fellow at AAC&U for the past five years, I have been deeply impressed with AAC&U's leadership and ability to redefine liberal education to meet the needs of our increasingly interdependent world and to connect with all types of colleges and universities in making liberal education a worthy goal for all of our students.”

The year-long project will include:

  1. Publication of a policy paper on the state of civic learning and democratic engagements in U.S. colleges and universities, drafted by Nancy Thomas, who directs the Democracy Imperative;
  2. Publication of a literature review of existing resources on civic learning and democratic engagements in higher education;
  3. Establishment of a Coordinating Committee of 12 national leaders to inform the project and make a set of recommendations for national debate and action;
  4. Convening of five national roundtables that will bring together diverse stakeholders from post secondary education, foundations, governmental agencies, business, and civic leaders, to discuss roles of postsecondary education in advancing civic learning and democratic engagements now and in the future.
  5. Establishment of a website that will provide resources about initiatives in the academy and elsewhere that promotes civic learning and democratic engagements.
  6. Publication of a National Action Plan for the U.S. Department of Education for their consideration

The Department of Education is funding this project to support a national dialogue that will culminate in the development of an action plan that would inform federal efforts.

“We expect that the dialogue and 'Action Plan' will also be useful to all educators and the general public in advancing the education of students to be more effective citizens in an increasing global society,” Dr. Braskamp said.


About the Global Perspective Institute

The Global Perspective Institute Inc. was established in 2008 to study and promote global holistic human development, especially among college students.  The GPI administers, with assistance from Central College, the Global Perspective Inventory, a self-report survey that is now being used in over 70 colleges, universities, and third party study aboard organizations.  Dr. Braskamp, president of GPI, has held administrative positions at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and at Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, and CHEA, and is the co-author of several books, including Putting students first:  How colleges develop students purposefully and numerous scholarly articles and reports. He currently is also a Senior Scientist at The Gallup Organization as well as a Senior Fellow at AAC&U, and serves on the Board of Trustees of Elmhurst College.

Information about the GPI Inc. and its programs can be found at

About the Association of American Colleges and Universities

AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises 1,200 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges and universities of every type and size.

AAC&U functions as a catalyst and facilitator, forging links among presidents, administrators, and faculty members who are engaged in institutional and curricular planning. Its mission is to reinforce the collective commitment to liberal education at both the national and local levels and to help individual institutions keep the quality of student learning at the core of their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges.
Information about AAC&U membership, programs, and publications can be found at


The mission of the Department of Education is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. The Department of Education is funding this project to support a national dialogue that will culminate in the development of an action plan that would inform federal efforts.