Visibility, Voice, and Scale for Democracy Learning as a
Bring together the many organizations and hundreds of postsecondary
institutions that already are working on different aspects of civic learning and collaborative
community-based problem solving—in ways appropriate to their mission and students. Help
postsecondary education move from islands of civic learning to democracy learning at scale
for all college students; provide shared evidence about “what works” educationally; and
vigorously promote public policy and civic learning investments in postsecondary democracy
learning at the federal and state level.
Multiple Models for CLDE At Scale:
Showcase the growing number of postsecondary institutions where civic
learning already is part of the curriculum in ways appropriate to mission, students, and programs—
Democracy Learning at “Scale”—and mobilize to assist others. making CLDE a shared postsecondary
priority across public, private, two-year, four-year, and career-related institutions.
Compile and expand extant research on “what works” to build students’ civic
engagement, intergroup communication fluency, collaborative problem-solving skills, and
Synthesize and promulgate existing evidence that students, including
students from underserved communities, are more likely to persist in college and will be
better prepared for employment when they participate actively in work on public
questions and issues.
Alignment and Collaboration with K-12 Civics and
Work with P-16 organizations and leaders, including those involved
in the Educating Americans for Democracy (EAD) Roadmap, to align the respective civic learning
missions of both school and college so that democracy learning in postsecondary education
reliably takes student’ democracy readiness to a higher and wider level— exploring democracy’s
future in a context of societal and global change and involving students in public problem
solving in ways related to their goals, interests, and intended careers.
Faculty, Teacher, Staff, and Leadership Development:
Provide direct professional development on the “how” of civic and democracy
learning in postsecondary education through workshops, institutes, and toolkits developed by CLDE
partner organizations committed to students’ civic learning. Showcase multiple models and resources
relevant to different educational contexts and to both general education and college majors, including
career-related fields. Foster leadership coalitions for democracy learning within states, regions, and
across different sectors in higher education.
Build CLDE “Dashboard” indicators of students’ postsecondary levels
of achievement. Help make reports on students’ democracy learning an expected part of
educational accountability at all levels. Strongly support the improvement of
civic and history proficiency indicators in the schools.