The initiatives featured here each are working to take Civic Learning and Democracy Engagement “to scale.” Collectively, they show the spread of vigorous leadership to make CLDE pervasive and inclusive.


The CLDE Action Network  This collaboration, formed in 2012, includes a dozen major organizations that are leaders in advancing equity-minded civic learning endeavors across higher education.


The Higher Learning Commission  The nation’s largest institutional accreditor with 967 members, HLC in 2020 made civic engagement one of its quality standards for the renewal of accreditation.


The Massachusetts Department of Education  In 2014, Massachusetts became the first state to make civic learning one of its expected college outcomes for public higher education.


State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV)  In 2017, SCHEV asked all its member institutions to assess students’ civic engagement as a “required competency.”


State of Florida: Since 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis, the state legislature, and the Department of Education have worked together to strengthen students’ civic learning in both K-12 and postsecondary public education, including career programs.
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University System of Maryland   Since 2017, USMD has been working at the system and campus level to advance students’ civic engagement and learning.”