What does TDC ask of its members?
Firstly, to ensure communication between TDC headquarters and each college, all member institutions are asked to designate a Campus Coordinator. The Campus Coordinator is a very important commitment we ask of each member institution. The Campus Coordinator is defined as: a faculty member, administrator, or staff person who believes in the value of a civic education and is committed to the success of The Democracy Commitment on your campus.
Additionally, the Commitment includes:
- A public commitment to the central role of civic education.
- Intentional support for both curricular and extracurricular programs that build civic skills among students, especially focusing on projects that support students in doing public work.
- Faculty and staff development in civic engagement through civic-infused programs and curricula
- Partnerships with local civic, non-profit and governmental agencies whose primary work is the social and economic development of local communities
- Participation in an annual meeting that brings together faculty, staff, administrators and partners.
- Development of joint regional and national programs with partner universities, and with national higher education associations.
- $1, 000 annual membership dues per college, beginning each fiscal year on July 1st, to aid in the continuation of TDC’s staff and further the dedication to civic engagement and democratic education in America’s community colleges.