2017-2018 Regents' Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Workgroup

In Fall 2017, the USM Board of Regents convened the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Workgroup to make recommendations on moving the civic education agenda forward. The workgroup's three-part mission focused on civic education, civic engagement, and civic responsibility.

Read the report here.

USM Civic Education/Civic Engagement Workgroup

A key recommendation from the Regents' Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Workgroup was that the University System of Maryland establish a System Civic Education/Civic Engagement (CECE) Workgroup to support the implementation of the recommendations. This Workgroup is chaired by Deb Moriarty, Vice President for Student Affairs at Towson University and Karen Olmstead, Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Salisbury University.

The CECE Workgroup will comprise 3 subcommittees:

  1. The Civic Education and Civic Engagement Subcommittee on Voter Registration and Participation will research and identify best practices in campus voter registration efforts. The subcommittee will also initiate institutional partnerships in support of voter registration as well as engaging campuses and students in the 2020 Census. The subcommittee will identify ways USM can support these efforts. Resources
  2. The Civic Education and Civic Engagement Subcommittee on Carnegie Classification of Community Engagement will survey Carnegie Classified institutions and identify the procedural and organizational elements that facilitated successful applications for the distinction. The subcommittee will also devise collaborative mentorships between institutions and identify ways USM can support the process. Resources
  3. The Civic Education and Civic Engagement Subcommittee on Civic Education and Engagement Curriculum Integration will research and identify best practices in integrating civic responsibility, democratic engagement, and community-based learning into undergraduate and graduate majors and programs. The subcommittee will initiate institutional partnerships to advance these efforts and identify ways USM can support campus work. Resources

Langenberg Lecture and Symposium: Civic Education, Civic Engagement, and Civic Responsibility: Foundations of a Democratic Society

The 2012 Association of American Colleges and Universities National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement recommended that Americans:

  1. Reclaim and reinvest in the fundamental civic and democratic mission of schools and of all sectors within higher education
  2. Enlarge the current national narrative that erases civic aims and civic literacy as educational priorities contributing to social, intellectual, and economic capital
  3. Advance a contemporary, comprehensive framework for civic learning—embracing US and global interdependence—that includes historic and modern understandings of democratic values, capacities to engage diverse perspectives and people, and commitment to collective civic problem solving
  4. Capitalize upon the interdependent responsibilities of K-12 and higher education to foster progressively higher levels of civic knowledge, skills, examined values, and action as expectations for every student
  5. Expand the number of robust, generative civic partnerships and alliances locally, nationally, and globally to address common problems, empower people to act, strengthen communities and nations, and generate new frontiers of knowledge

In response to these recommendations, a desired outcome of the April 2017 civic engagement symposium was to continue the conversation about deepening institutional practices with regard to civic engagement. One way to do this is to develop and maintain a repository of ideas and resources for USM and non-USM institutions to share so that they may find ideas and replicate best practices. Please explore the resources found to the right and share your work with us in the future.

Pictures from the 2017 Langenberg Lecture