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The Democracy Commitment is the leading national organization focused on the civic education of community college students.   To such an end, TDC  is an excellent source of information on community college curricular change, how community colleges are educating and engaging students in our democracy, and ensuring that community college voices are heard and do matter in our society.  TDC National Office aims to expand public and student civic knowledge and understanding. Welcome to the National Newsroom

What's New with TDC

The quarterly newsletter from TDC’s National Office is published at least once every semester and contains updates on TDC’s latest work, announcements, opportunites, and news from member institutions.  See below for the most recent issues and archives of previous issues.

National Blog

Our national blog contains important news, updates, announcements, and opportunities from TDC National’s Office on a weekly basis.  Sign up for the mailing list to receive notifications when they posted and check it out frequently to stay up to date.  Contact the national director for opportunities to contribute.

Welcome to The Democracy Commitment, North Arkansas College!

North Arkansas College, or Northark to those who know it well is, “a comprehensive, public two-year college, North Arkansas College provides a variety of educational opportunities to the citizens of Boone, Carroll, Marion, Searcy, Newton, and Madison counties in northern Arkansas. … Northark offers transfer and technical degree programs, one-year technical certificates, certificates of proficiency, customized business and industry training,…

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Deadline extended for TDC campuses to join CIRCLE’s National Study on Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE)

Back in January we shared information on this blog about CIRCLE’s new National Study on Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE) in this blog post. A number of TDC campuses have since signed up to participate in this free study (no survey completion required). The deadline to participate is June 1st, but TDC campuses are being given an extension until June…

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Japan Studies Institute now open to TDC faculty!

Through our partnership with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) American Democracy Project, TDC member institutions’ faculty have a unique opportunity to participate in the Japan Studies Institute and receive the AASCU rate. The Japan Studies Institute (JSI), a two week residential program held on the San Diego State University campus, offers an opportunity for faculty from…

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Congratulations to Georgia Perimeter College, recipient of President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll!

(Click here for original blog source) The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve. The 2013 Honor Roll recipients were announced…

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Missed the webinar? Carnegie Elective Community Engagement Classification archive now available!

Last Wednesday, February 20th, 2013, The Democracy Commitment hosted a webinar surrounding the Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Community Engagement Classification. We were honored to have John Saltmarsh, Co-Director, New England Resource Center for Higher Education, and Gail Robinson, Senior Advisor, Community College National Center for Community Engagement lead the webinar. We were also delighted to have Fagan Forhan, Director of Experiential…

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CAMPUS SPHERE: Democracy Wall at Mount Wachusett Community College

[divider] Mount Wachusett Community College, of Gardner, Massachusetts, recently participated in the growing civic practice, a democracy wall. It was their first interactive Democracy Commitment bulletin board, which they put up the day after the election and left up through the end of the semester. 65 students commented directly on it and hundreds more stopped to read it. If your…

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A NEW LEADERSHIP LEGACY: Igniting a National Movement for Student Leadership & Engagement at Community Colleges

The Rappaport Family Foundation is a major donor and partner of The Democracy Commitment. Not only are we incredibly grateful for their support both financially and operationally, we are also very proud to announce their most recent publication, A New Leadership Legacy. The following is a summary about their publication, highlighting many nonprofits they fund–including The Democracy Commitment! Click on…

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Carnegie Invites Institutions to Apply for 2015 Community Engagement Classification

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching invites colleges and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement to apply for the elective classification, first developed and offered in 2006 as part of an extensive restructuring of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The elective Community Engagement Classification provides a way for institutions to describe their identity and commitments…

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Fifth Annual Summer Institute of Civic Studies (free!), held at Tufts University

The fifth annual Summer Institute of Civic Studies will be an intensive, two-week, interdisciplinary seminar bringing together advanced graduate students, faculty, and practitioners from diverse fields of study. Organized by Peter Levine, Tisch College, and Karol Sołtan, University of Maryland, the Summer Institute features guest seminars by distinguished colleagues from various institutions and engages participants in challenging discussions such as:…

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