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Civic Agency

The 2009-2012 Civic Agency Initiative was a partnership between the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Augsburg College Center for Democracy and Citizenship. The project sought to further develop and implement the concept of civic agency. The goal of the initiative was to create widespread knowledge about "what works," to build civic agency, and to strengthen civic identity and practices of AASCU schools, including civic learning and public scholarship. The project combined the strategic and leadership position of AASCU schools in civic with the pioneering theoretical and practical work of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship.

The Georgia College Civic Agency Initiative was led by a planning group of  professors and administrative staff members and guided by the following vision statement.

The Georgia College Civic Agency Initiative will build on the success of its civic engagement programs by incorporating the ideas of democracy, diversity, and globalization into a vibrant dialogue in and beyond the classroom.

A number of civic agency-related collaborations took place, including

  • The Georgia Rural Economic Empowerment Network (GREEN), a collaboration of university faculty, students, and Central Georgia mayors and economic development leaders.
  • Obesity Prevention through Community Gardening and Bike Paths, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant.
  • Paideia and the Liberal Arts University: The Civic Engagement Experience, a Georgia College survey of faculty and students engaged in civic learning.
  • GC Public Achievement Course
  • Collaboration with a faculty workshop series led by the Georgia College Innovative Course-building Group: a NSF sponsored initiative working to infuse civic engagement into the science (and general core) curricula at US universities.
Additional outcomes from the civic agency efforts include a first-year student critical thinking course called Public Deliberation and a Kettering Foundation-GC center for public life initiative called the Public Voice Partnership.

ADP Civic Agency Universities

• Armstrong Atlantic State University
• California State University Sacramento
• Castleton State College
• Central Connecticut State University
• Florida A & M University
• Fort Hays State University
• Georgia College & State University
• Indiana State University
• Kentucky State University
• Lincoln University
• Longwood University
• Minnesota State University
• Portland State University
• San Francisco State University
• Texas Woman's University
• University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
• University of Central Missouri
• University Of Maryland - Baltimore County
• University Of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
• Western Carolina University
• Western Kentucky University

Partner Organizations

The New York Times
Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Augsburg College

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