By Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager, AASCU
Heading to Louisville for #ADPTDC14? Over the next two weeks leading up to our June 5-7 ADP/TDC Joint National Meeting in this City of Compassion, we’ll be highlighting reasons that we’re #LovinLouisville.
Reason #7? Civic Pathways!
The theme for the 2014 ADP/TDC National Meeting is “Forging Civic Pathways for Students between Our Institutions.” This theme underscores the importance of the unique partnership between ADP and TDC, which brings together two-year and four-year public institutions of higher education committed to advancing civic learning and engagement.
Civic pathways are collaborative, intentional and articulated civic education programs (curricular and/or co-curricular) and practices that are built between cooperating two- and four-year institutions, many times in close geographic proximity to one another.
At the national meeting, you’ll notice that the civic pathway theme pops up repeatedly.
It’s the topic of our opening plenary session on Thursday:
Thursday, June 5, 2014
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Forging Civic Pathways on Our Campuses and in Our Communities: Helping Students Navigate and Succeed in Higher Education
Reflecting the conference theme, this session offers a vision for the creation of a set of curricular and co-curricular civic pathways designed to help students navigate through our two- and four-year colleges and universities and their surrounding communities. Existing pathways and partnerships are introduced, and meeting participants engage in a facilitated conversation designed to envision and develop new pathways on our campuses, in our communities and across public higher education.
It’s one of the thematic strands of program sessions throughout the meeting. There’s an organizing meeting during breakfast on Friday to talk about joint ADP/TDC work that we envision based on this topic.
We believe that:
And we envision the following programmatic possibilities:
We hope you’ll join us in Louisville for this conversation, but, more than that, we hope that the planning that takes place there and its subsequent actions will fuel efforts to create and advance civic pathways. We are convinced that these civic pipelines can be designed to advance student retention and success and to promote the civic health of our democracy through the preparation and graduation of informed, engaged citizens.
Civic Pathways Strand Sessions:
Note: These are denoted in the mobile app program by “(CP)” before the session title
Of particular note, the breakfast we mentioned above:
Friday, June 6
7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
(CP) Breakfast Session: Civic Pathways Planning Meeting (open to all)
A follow-up to Thursday’s opening plenary conversation, this breakfast session is intended to serve as a planning and organizing meeting for collaborative efforts between ADP and TDC to create, expand and scale-up civic pathways between our campuses.
Facilitators: Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager; and Stephanie South, TDC National Coordinator, AASCU
You can download a PDF containing all of the (CP) Civic Pathways-themed sessions here.