MA Civic Learning Policy Should Be [On Your Radar]

By Stephanie South, TDC National Coordinator

Just last week, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education adopted a policy that encourages public colleges within the state to direct their attention to civic learning. This policy, which is the first of its kind in the United States, will expect schools to begin incorporating these outcomes with those for the 2014-2015 academic year.

To read the official news release, click here.

To understand more about the background of this policy, you can read about the 2012 U.S. Department of Education call to civic learning commitments (i.e., A Crucible Moment) here.

Also worth noting, at the 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting, specifically on Saturday, June 7, from 2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., there will be a mini featured session on the policy. See description below, and, if you have not already registered for the national meeting in Louisville, KY, make sure you do so ASAP.

Mini-Featured Session (CL – Civic Learning)

Massachusetts Board of Higher Education’s New Civic Learning Policy 

On May 6, 2014, Massachusetts became the first and only state to require public higher education institutions to include civic learning as an expected student learning outcome. Come learn about this new policy, the process by which it was created, and how the Department will implement the policy moving forward.

Presenter:  Shelley Tinkham, Assistant Commissioner for Academic, P-16 and Veterans Policy, Massachusetts Board of Higher Education

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