TDC Partners & Friends

Upcoming ETS Forum: Innovations in Conceptualizing and Assessing Civic Competency and Engagement in Higher Education


On Wednesday, November 4, 2015 ETS is holding a research forum dedicated to Innovations in Conceptualizing and Assessing Civic Competency and Engagement in Higher Education.

The forum will showcase Judith Torney-Purta, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, University of Maryland College Park; Katrina Roohr, Ed.D., Associate Research Scientist, Higher Education, Educational Testing Service; and Ou Lydia Liu, Ph.D., Director of Research, Higher Education, Educational Testing Service, authors of “Assessing Civic Competency and Engagement in Higher Education: Research Background, Frameworks, and Directions for Next-Generation Assessment,” (September 2015) in discussing the issues of civic competency and engagement.

The presentations by the authors will be followed by a discussion with Peter Levine, Associate Dean for Research and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs in Tufts University’s Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service.

For more information and to register click here.

Event Showcase|3rd Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar Oct. 23-26 at NOVA

NOVAThe 3rd Annual National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar will be held at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), Alexandria Campus on October 23-36, 2015. The conference will focus on promoting the understanding global issues including conflict, violence, war, and the efforts to build peaceful and sustainable communities.

The seminar is designed to support faculty and administrators as they work on developing relevant and innovative approaches to teaching about global conflict and peacebuilding. Experts on global conflict and peacebuilding from Washington D.C. will be teaching attendees about approaches that can be used with students. The themes that will be covered will include international law, peace and conflict resolution education, experiential learning, media, dialogue, program development and other areas that will tap the expertise uniquely based in Washington, D.C.

For more information on the conference click here.

Partner Spotlight: Lyon Software’s White Paper on Community Impact Reports

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As part of a new series of AASCU Research and Strategy reports, AASCU corporate partners are providing important insights and data to our member institutions. Our latest report is a white paper from a company that TDC has worked closely with and that sponsored our 2015 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement meeting.

Lyon Software’s white paper on “The Importance of Reporting Community Impact in Institutions of Higher Learning,” provides a set of concrete arguments for why institutions of higher education should consider measuring and reporting their community impacts, including developing and maintaining community support; maintaining academic credentials; and institutionalizing community engagement. The white paper also identifies four general communities related to the educational arena that institutions might consider reporting on — including: campus, academic, local/global, and mission-specific domains — and offers examples of programs or measures for each area.

Special Note for TDC Blog readers:

Institutions interested in tracking their impact on the community are invited to join Lyon Software’s Stewards of CBISA user group. CBISA Plus for Higher Education is  a tool used to help you track your institution’s service-learning and community engagement programs in order to create your institutional impact report. Those joining the Stewards of CBISA user group will receive 50% off their first year’s subscription to CBISA.

If you’re not familiar with Lyon Software and their CBISA tool, be sure to check them out online or by contacting either  Brittany Younts or Crystal Randolph at 419-882-7184 or at byounts @ or crandolph @, respectively.

Partner Spotlight | Campus Vote Project Webinar on Voter Registration

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As we kick off the 2015-2016 term we would like to invite you all to participate in a conversation with our colleagues at the Fair Elections Legal Network who run the Campus Vote Project.

With National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) and Constitution Day both coming up in September we wanted to invite you to a discussion on Tuesday, September 15 at 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET regarding democratic engagement in higher education.  We will hear from the Fair Election Legal Network’s Campus Vote Project on several ways to incorporate nonpartisan voter registration activity into your campus’ cultural.

To join us simply register for this event by Friday, September 11 by visiting this link:

During the call we will also address common election administration questions that students may ask and resources to find out the answers to those issues in your jurisdiction.  We will close with an open discussion of lessons learned from previous and current democratic engagement programs conducted by call participants.

For more information prior to the webinar you can check out: for several resources.

Also make sure to sign-up by September 1st to be a partner for NVRD and have receive materials to help with your event:


Partner Spotlight | NCoC’s 2015 Annual Conference on Citizenship in DC October 9th

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The 2015 Annual Conference on Citizenship will be held on October 9 in Washington, DC. The theme for this year’s Conference is “Civic Innovations in Action.”

In this in-depth, strategy-building event, our community of civic thinkers and leaders will inspire each other by sharing civic innovations that empower action and strengthen our country.

Senator John McCain and Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute will keynote the conference. Other featured experts include: Michaela Pereira, news anchor for CNN’s “New Day;” Jake Brewer, senior technology advisor at the White HouseMarnie Webb, CEO of Caravan Studios; Adam Conner, Vice President of Politics for Brigade; Perla Ni, entrepreneur; Mandi McReynolds, Director, Community Engagement and Service–Learning at Drake UniversityJay Mangone, Director for the Franklin ProjectAmy Baker, Managing Director of ServiceNation; Matthew H. Roy, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Civic Engagement, UMass Dartmouth. 

NCoC is excited to feature the Service Year Exchange (SYx) and Campaign at this year’s conference. Service Year is a multifaceted effort to promote national service as means to greater civic participation. Additionally, the conference will focus on the state of America’s civic health and civic education.

Thanks to the generous support from KPMG, LLP and Michael Weiser & Julie Greiner-Weiser limited registration scholarships are being provided to students who wish to attend the Conference.

Conference Registration Provides:
-Access to 1 full day of programming and networking including focused, in-depth breakout sessions, panel discussions, and high-level speakers
-Breakfast, lunch, and coffee and tea service 

Lodging Information:
Until September 3, NCoC has reserved a block of rooms at $299/night at the Mayflower Hotel. Follow this link, or call 877.212.5752 and ask for the National Conference on Citizenship room block. 

FREE PUBLICATION | AAC&U’s Civic Prompts—Making Civic Learning Routine across the Disciplines

By Rebecca Keller, AASCU Civic Engagement Intern and Indiana University of Pennsylvania

AASCU’s sister organization has produced a free publication entitled Civic Prompts: Making Civic Learning Routine across the Disciplines. This report suggests a need to 1) change the definition/current conception of civic learning, 2) more clearly articulate precisely what a “civic minded” institution is, and 3) ensure that all educators are capable of engaging their field of study through a civic lens. The report also advocates engaging students in the “big question” of civic learning; preparing students to not only have knowledge of civic engagement but to also actually take action; and highlighting personal and social responsibilities in every discipline.

Download your free copy of Civic Prompts here: (pdf).

Opportunities for TDC Members | NEH & ALA Offering Grants of $3,000 to $10,000 to Screen and Discuss the History of Latinos in America

By Gabriel Arteaga, TDC National Manager

In early February, the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) announced their plan to bring a film screening and discussion program on the history of Latinos in America to 200 libraries and cultural institutions across the nation. As part of a new NEH initiative, The Common Good: Humanities in the Public Square – is offering grants of $3,000 to $10,000 to foster discussion about the history of Latinos in the United States. This project will feature an award winning six- part documentary series created for PBS titled, Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.

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TDC strongly encourages its campuses to apply, and would also like to keep track of TDC schools that have applied, or will apply. Please email our National Manager, Gabriel Arteaga at or you may call him at 202.478.4656 to indicate your campuses level of interest.

Applications are due by Friday, May 1, 2015. Only 200 sites will be awarded a Latino Americans grant, so what are you waiting for?

To apply visit,                 

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Opportunities for TDC Members | Frontiers of Democracy 2015

Courtesy of the American Democracy Project Blog

The Tuft’s Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service (Mass.) will be hosting the Frontiers of Democracy in Boston, Mass., this year. The conference will take place June 25-27, 2015.

Each year Frontiers of Democracy focuses on how to improve citizens’ engagement with their government, communities and the people around them. This year, specific topics include deliberative democracy, civil and human rights, social justice, community organizing and development, civic learning and political engagement, the role of higher education in democracy, Civic Studies, media reform and citizen media production, civic technology, civic environmentalism and common pool resource management.

While the main focus of the conference is interactive discussion, Frontiers will feature short talks from Harry Boyte (Center for Democracy and Citizenship), Hahrie Han (Wellesley College), Diana Hess (Spencer Foundation), Caroline Lee (Lafayette College), Ajume Wingo (University of Colorado) and Brenda Wright (Demos).

To learn more about Frontiers of Democracy 2015 and read about last year’s conference click here.