Civic Learning that Matters: In the Workplace and in Public Life

November 13, 2013    12:00-1:30 PM (Eastern)


Caryn McTighe Musil
Senior Scholar and Director of Civic Learning and Democracy Initiatives
Association of American Colleges and Universities 

About this Session

This webinar will examine why contemporary redefinitions of civic learning outcomes are so necessary to integrate as an expected dimension of college for every student today, whatever the specialization. While preparation for the workplace dominates national dialogues, doesn't society need more than only skilled workers? What civic learning outcomes help students acquire a lens through which to ask crucial questions about the consequences to others of decisions made at the workplace? What civic learning is necessary for citizens to work collectively toward shared public goals?  Drawing on the findings in the national report, A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy's Future, the webinar will highlight outcomes named as crucial elements of civic learning, especially in a diverse democracy and in an interdependent world. We will also look beyond merely naming the outcomes to how some colleges and universities are designing educational environments to achieve them—through the curriculum, community-based learning, student life, and high impact practices.

About the Presenter:

Musil2Caryn McTighe Musil recently stepped down as Senior Vice President of the Office Of Diversity, Equity, and Global Initiatives to assume her new role as Senior Scholar and Director of Civic Learning and Democracy Initiatives at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). In her 21 years at AAC&U, she has directed dozens of nationally funded curriculum and faculty development projects with colleges and universities around the country that are informed by her 16 years as a college professor. Dr. Musil has special expertise in teaching and learning, civic engagement, women's issues, U.S. diversity, assessment, and global learning and social responsibility. She has been writing, speaking, and directing projects about civic engagement and democracy for the past two decades. Most recently she served as the lead author of A Crucible Moment: Civic Learning and Democracy's Future, released at a White House event in January 2012 in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education. She is currently leading a national Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Network in cooperation with 12 other national associations to advance the ambitious agenda set out in A Crucible Moment. Dr. Musil received her B.A. in English from Duke University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University.

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