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2013-2014 Deliberative Forums
The Public Voice Partnership is consulting with campus and community partners to plan forums that will focus on increasing faculty and student diversity, participating in a national conversation about mental health among youth and collaborating with community educators, juvenile justice professionals and mental health providers. One of the resources we are using is Mental Illness in America & Middle Georgia: How Do We Address a Growing Problem?
Shaping Our Future Forum
Georgia College participated in a national conversation entitled “Shaping Our Future.” Shaping Our Future -- How Should Higher Education Help Us Create The Society We Want? during the 2012-13 academic year. Nineteen forums engaged over 350 students, faculty, staff and community citizens. The results? Data from the forums indicated a strong commitment to the value of a liberal arts education experience, the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills and "hands-on" applied scholarship where students take their classroom learning into campus and community contexts.
Success in School: Ready For Life Community Forum
The Public Voice Partnership worked with the Milledgeville/Baldwin County Partners for Progress Education Committee to sponsor two public forums in November 2011. The forums focused on preventing students from dropping out of school and the 160 participants used a discussion resource titled "Success in School, Ready For Life: How Can We Help More Students Graduate from High School?"
Five common concerns emerged from the eight deliberation groups, including,
- Enhancing parent involvement
- Expanding mentoring programs
- Increasing student-teacher/counselor guidance relationships
- Providing vocation-oriented instruction
- Developing an educational enrichment resource communication plan
The Public Voice Partnership is the result of Georgia College’s participation with the Kettering Foundation research initiative, Organizing Centers for Public Life. Georgia College is the University System of Georgia’s designated Public Liberal Arts University.