In fall 2010, Global Perspective Institute Inc. (GPI), in collaboration with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), was awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Education to assess the state of civic learning and democratic engagement among two- and four-year colleges and universities. The project was charged with producing a national report and action plan with ambitious recommendations for strengthening these commitments.
Led by GPI President Larry Braskamp and AAC&U Senior Vice President Caryn McTighe Musil, the CLDE Project organized a set of activities in 2011 including:
The culminating report, A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future, is set to be released in January 2012.
AAC&U is sponsoring a national symposium, Reversing a Civic Recession: What Higher Education Can Do, on January 25, 2012 in Washington, DC. The symposium is designed to gather higher education leaders ready to mobilize the sector as one of the defining sites for learning and practicing democratic and civic responsibilities. It will challenge participants to think through how to make such learning expected, rather than optional, for every college student.