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 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Action Network:
in this network have been long-time leaders
in advancing civic learning and/or democratic engagement as a national priority.
Higher Learning Commission:
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
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.
State of Massachusetts:
The Massachusetts Department of Education (MDE) In 2014, Massachusetts became the first state to make civic learning one of its expected college outcomes for public higher education.
State of Virginia:
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.
State of Maryland: University System of Maryland (USMD)
Since 2017, USMD has been working at the system and campus level to advance students' civic engagement and learning accross public higher education.”