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Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Elective Classification webinar

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 to community with a public and nationally recognized classification.

A total of 311 institutions have been successfully classified in the Community Engagement Classification since 2006. Campuses that received the Classification in 2006 and 2008 will undertake re-classification application and review in order to retain the Classification. Campuses classified in 2010 do not need to apply for re-classification at this time.

“The Community Engagement Classification represents a significant affirmation of the importance of community engagement in the agenda of higher education,” said Carnegie President Anthony S. Bryk.  “The Foundation believes that the Classification provides campuses of every institutional type an opportunity to affirm a commitment to community engagement as an essential aspect of institutional mission and identity.”

The Foundation defines community engagement as “the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.” That definition and the documentation frameworks for the classification and re-classification are intentionally inclusive to honor the diversity of institutions and their approaches to community engagement.

Those institutions interested in the 2015 Classification, either as first-time applicants or campuses seeking re-classification, are urged to review the application process, timeline, documentation frameworks, and other information on the Carnegie website before making a decision to apply. Applications are available between May 1 and July 1, 2013, and will be due on April 15, 2014.

2015 Community Engagement Classification Timeline
January 2013 Announcement about the 2015 process
May 1, 2013 Deadline for registering
September 9, 2013 Release of applications
April 15, 2014 Applications Due/Reviewing begins
December 2014 Review Process completed/ campuses notified
January 2015 2015 classification results announced

2015 Classification: Campus Classification and Re-Classification

  • First Time Classification
    For the 2015 classification, campuses that have not previously received the classification will need to submit an application using what is referred to as the “first-time documentation framework.” A PDF version of the Documentation Framework to be used for planning purposes only is available here. There is also a guide attached to this version to assist institutions in the documentation planning process.
  • Re-Classification
    For the 2015 classification, institutions that received the classification in 2006 and 2008 and are seeking to retain the classification will be able to re-apply through a reclassification process. A PDF version of the application for reclassification to be used for planning purposes only is available.
  • 2010 Classified Institutions
    Institutions that received the classification in 2010 will not need to do anything in 2015. 2010 classified campuses will retain the classification until 2020. To be reclassified in 2020, the 2010 campuses will need to reapply through a reclassification process announced in 2018.

Inquiries about the Community Engagement Classification should be directed to John Saltmarsh at ([email protected]) or Amy Driscoll ([email protected]).

John Saltmarsh, Director
New England Resource Center for Higher Education
[email protected]
617 287-7743

Amy Driscoll, Consulting Scholar
Carnegie Community Engagement Classification
[email protected]
503 227-9443

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:

  • What kinds of citizens (if any) do good regimes need?
  • What should such citizens know, believe, and do?
  • What practices and institutional structures promote the right kinds of citizenship?
  • What ought to be the relationships among empirical evidence, ethics, and strategy?

The syllabus for the fourth annual seminar (in 2012) is here. The 2013 syllabus will be modified but will largely follow this outline. You can also read more about the motivation for the Institute in the “Framing Statement”.

The daily sessions will take place from July 8-18, 2013, at the Tufts campus in Medford, MA. The seminar will be followed (from July 18 at 6 pm until July 20 at 3 pm) by a public conference-Frontiers of Democracy 2013-in downtown Boston. Participants in the institute are expected to stay for the public conference. See information on the 2012 conference.

Tuition for the Institute is free, but students are responsible for their own housing and transportation. A Tufts University dormitory room can be rented for $230-$280/week. Credit is not automatically offered, but special arrangements for graduate credit may be possible.

To apply: please email your resume, an electronic copy of your graduate transcript (if applicable), and a cover email about your interests to Peter Levine. For best consideration, apply no later than March 15, 2012.  You may also sign up for occasional announcements even if you are not sure that you wish to apply:

- Peter Levine and Karol Sołtan.

CIRCLE and the National Study on Learning, Voting, and Engagement

Announcing the 2013 ADP/TDC Student Plenary Video Competition

Every year at the American Democracy Project/The Democracy Commitment joint national meeting, we have fantastic, inspiring, and intelligent individuals present as plenary speakers. Nonprofit leaders like Ami Dar, CEO of; scholars such as Byron White, Vice President for University Engagement at Cleveland State University; and civic leaders such as John Saltmarsh, Co-Director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) are just a few of the many incredible minds that have presented plenary talks and enhanced the work of civic engagement for the last 10 years, and we are infinitely grateful for their presence.

While we’ve included students in plenary sessions before, this year we want to have an entire plenary session focused on student perspectives of civic learning and engagement.

Here’s our plan

In preparation for our 2013 ADP/TDC national meeting in Denver, Colorado from June 6th - 8th, we are holding a nation-wide video competition to create a panel of four students to keynote our conference, two from ADP colleges and universities and two from TDC member community colleges.

Here’s how it’ll work:

Students interested in participating in the 2013 ADP/TDC Student Plenary video competition should:

  1. Answer the following questions:
    • How can colleges and universities better prepare students to be the informed, engaged citizens our democracy needs?
    • What barriers do you believe exist to your meaningful engagement in campus and community life?
    • How has civic engagement, in any aspect, helped you succeed in your academic career? (Feel free to share a personal story.)
  2. Create a 2-3 minute video cleverly, thoughtfully, and eloquently answering the questions above in your own words, conveying your own style and personality.
  3. Upload that video to YouTube by Sunday, February 10, 2013.
  4. Send us the URL:
    • For ADP student submissions, send the video link to ADP National Manager Jen Domagal-Goldman at [email protected]
    • For TDC student submissions, send the video link to TDC National Coordinator Amee Bearne at [email protected]  

  5. A panel of judges will choose their favorite videos to move to the next round. These selected videos will then be voted on by the general public.
  6. If you are chosen as a finalist you will receive a link on Friday, February 22nd, 2013 to share with your friends, family, or anyone! The link will direct voters to the page of finalist videos where they can watch and vote on their preferred submission.
  7. Find out if you were chosen to participate as one of the selected panelists on March 4, 2013.

The four chosen student panelists will each receive a free registration to the 2013 ADP/TDC National Meeting and will be highlighted with a picture and bio on our conference mobile app.

During the panel presentation at the ADP/TDC National Meeting, a moderator will introduce the student panelists and show clips of the selected videos. Panelists will be given time to speak about their civic engagement experiences at their institutions and will be asked by the moderator to respond to a set of questions that will be provided to each panelist prior to the conference. This plenary session will also have an open question and answer period.


  • Videos must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright or license infringement.
  • All videos submitted to the 2013 ADP/TDC Student Plenary video competition remain the intellectual property of the individuals who developed them. However, AASCU, its American Democracy Project, and The Democracy Commitment are given a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, publish, distribute and exhibit all submitted videos in any and all formats or manner for educational or promotional purposes consistent with our missions.

The Education Department Wants to Hear From You!

Registration Open for TDC/ADP National Meeting: June 6-8, 2013 | Denver, CO

By Amee Bearne, National Coordinator, The Democracy Commitment

Registration is now open for The Democracy Commitment’s 3rd and the American Democracy Project’s 11th Annual National Meeting June 6-8, 2013, in Denver, Colorado. You’ll find important information below about dates and registration fees, how to reserve a room at the Marriott City Center, and how to submit a proposal.

Each year, the American Democracy Project (ADP)/The Democracy Commitment (TDC) Joint National Meeting brings together a community of individuals committed to civic renewal, while also envisioning together new signature pedagogies and practices to strengthen our democracy. In a time of bitter partisanship and deep concerns about the future of our country, our work today is more important now than ever!

Registration Open for Annual Meeting

June 6-8, 2013 | Marriott City Center | Denver, Colorado

“21st Century Citizens: Building Bridges, Solving Problems”

The annual meeting begins on Thursday, June 6 with day-long pre-conference workshops and an opening plenary at 3:30 p.m. The meeting culminates with a closing speaker followed by a closing reception with dinner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 8.

Registration Fees:
The registration fee includes all program sessions and materials; wine and cheese reception on Thursday; breakfast on Friday; and lunch and closing reception on Saturday.

  • Individual Fee: $545
    Register as an individual if only one person from your ADP/TDC campus is attending.
  • Team Member Registration Fee: $485
    If more than one person from your ADP/TDC campus is attending the meeting, you may use the Team Member Registration Fee.
  • Student Registration Fee: $395
    Registration rate for full-time undergraduate and graduate students at AASCU/ADP/TDC colleges and universities.
  • Non-Member Registration Fee: $625
    Register as a non-member if you or your organization are not AASCU/ADP/TDC campus members.

How to Register:
Please select among the three options below:

Call for Proposals (CFP)

Read the CFP (download pdf)

Submit a proposal online
(Please Note: You will not be able to save your proposal, please copy and paste your responses into a Word document for your own records.)


Denver Marriott City Center
1701 California Street
Denver, Colorado 80202

Phone: 303-297-1300
Toll-free: 800-228-9290
Fax: 303-293-3736

Hotel accommodations for the 2013 ADP/TDC National Meeting can be booked directly with the hotel by calling 506-474-2009 or toll-free 877-303-0104 and referring to the group rate for the ADP/TDC Annual Meeting (please use the acronyms for the group name).

You may also reserve your room online here

Room Rate

The special conference rate is $169 (single/double/triple/quad) plus 14.85% tax (current tax rate may change). To obtain this rate, you must call the hotel by May 14, 2013.

  • Check-in at the hotel is at 4 p.m., and check-out is at Noon.
  • High-speed internet is available in your guest room at $12.95 a day. There is free wireless internet in hotel’s public areas.
  • Valet parking fee: $29/day.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellation Fee: $150
If you must cancel your registration, you will receive a full refund if the cancellation is before 5 p.m. EST on Friday, May 31. There will be a $150 cancellation fee after that date. Special circumstances will be handled on an individual basis. Guest meals should be cancelled by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, May 31 for a full refund; no refund is available after that date.

Call for Proposals: TDC/ADP 2013 National Meeting in Denver

Michigan Student Convention at Henry Ford Community College

Call for Proposals: 6th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education (CRE)

Call for Proposals - Due November 9th, 2012

(Download this information as PDF here.)

 6th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education (CRE)

Bridging Cultures: Education for Global Citizenship and Civic Engagement

Conference Details Available at:

June 12 – 17, 2013

Cleveland, Ohio, USA

 Call for proposals in pdf format available at this link:

Call for proposals available as a word document at this link:


Audience:  Those interested in Civic Engagement, Conflict Resolution Education (CRE)/Social and Emotional Learning(SEL)/peace education (PE), global education, citizenship education, democracy education, and the role and impact of migrating populations/communities, including policy makers, practitioners, researchers, educators, college and university faculty, staff, and students, K-12 educators, public health officials, gender based violence prevention practitioners, local, national, and international policy makers, and individuals who work with youth serving organizations.


June 12th-13th               Pre-Conference Trainings

June 14th-15th               Main Conference – Keynotes and Workshops

June 16th-17th               Community Colleges Intensive Working Group
Meeting: Curriculum Development and Action

Keynote Speakers (June 14-15, 2013):

Speaker Theme/Topic
Organization of American States……….. Education for Democracy
Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting……. Promoting Global Awareness through International Journalism and Education
Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict Inter-cultural Conflict Resolution, Political Processes and Impacts on Minority Groups Including Migrants and Immigrants
United States Institute of Peace………… Integrating Conflict Resolution Themes into the Curriculum, Including Culture and Conflict, Civic Engagement, and Democracy

Pre-Conference Trainings (June 12-13, 2013, 9:00a.m.-5p.m.):

Kent State UniversityCenter for Applied Conflict Management Integrating Core Theories of Conflict Resolution Across Disciplines
Sustained Dialogue CampusNetwork Developing a Sustained Dialogue Campus Student Network
American Red Cross Integrating Humanitarian Law Concepts Into the Humanities
Ohio Campus Compact Integrating Service Learning and Opportunities for Civic Engagement Into Courses
International Center on Nonviolent Conflict People Power and Pedagogy: Methods for Teaching about Nonviolent Struggle

Global Issues Resource Center and Library at Cuyahoga Community College is partnering with colleges and universities, local, national, and international non-governmental and governmental organizations to host the 6th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education (CRE), Bridging Cultures: Education for Global Citizenship and Civic Engagement in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.  Earlier conferences and working group meetings brought together government representatives from among the 50 states, around the globe, and their non-governmental organization partners who have legislation or policies in place to deliver CRE/SEL/PE and Civics Education at the K-12 level and in universities.  Conference and meeting publications are available at:               

The 6th International Conference on CRE is an opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration and research. Presentations will focus on innovations in the fields that are making broad impacts in local, state, national, and international communities.  Participants will exchange best practices, evaluation methodology, creation of policy implementation structures, consideration of obstacles to success, and new and innovative use of training, resources and technology. Conference participants will be drawn from the local, state, national, and international community.  College students and faculty are encouraged to attend and present their findings.  On-site events include a meeting of Colleges and Universities developing peace and conflict studies programs, June 13th, 6:30PM – 9:30PM and a capacity building seminar for U.S. Community Colleges developing peace and conflict studies programs on June 16th - 17th, 2013.

Credits offered: Graduate, Social Work (pending), Counselor (pending), and CEUs

Planning Committee:

  • The American Red Cross
  • The Association for Conflict Resolution, Education Section
  • Austin Community College
  • Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Science
  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Winning Against Violent Environment Program (WAVE)
  • Cleveland State University, College of Education and Human Services
  • Cuyahoga Community College, Peace Club
  • Eastern Mennonite University, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding
  • The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)
  • The Democracy Commitment
  • International Institute for Sustained Dialogue
  • International School Psychology Association
  • Kennesaw State University, Master of Science in Conflict Management Program
  • University of Maryland, Center for Dispute Resolution
  • National Peace Academy
  • Organization of American States, Department of Education and Culture
  • Ohio Campus Compact
  • Ohio Domestic Violence Network
  • Ohio State University, Center for Slavic and East European Studies
  • Sustained Dialogue Campus Network
  • The University of Akron, College of Education

Questions?  Contact Global Issues Resource Center at + 1 - 216-987-2224 (USA) or e-mail at: [email protected]

Posted October 10, 2012 by The Democracy Commitment in Uncategorized


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