American Democracy Project
The American Democracy Project (ADP) is a multi-campus initiative focused on higher education's role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. The project began in 2003 as an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), in partnership with The New York Times.
The goal of the American Democracy Project is to produce graduates who are committed to being active, involved citizens in their communities. The 230 participating colleges and universities, as members of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, have been described as "Stewards of Place." As today's undergraduates complete their studies and return to their communities, universities must prepare the next generation of citizens to become tomorrow's "Stewards of Place."
Georgia College has been an ADP institution since the organization's inception. Georgia College's ADP program includes lectures, symposia, public policy research, faculty and student projects, and several ongoing programs.
The Georgia College American Democracy Project has launched a public deliberation resource for the purpose of partnering with campus and community organizations in tackling significant community issues. The Public Voice Partnership seeks to assist citizens and organizations by employing a deliberative process resulting in clearly defined problems, at least three well-informed and realistic problem-solving approaches, and deliberative forums that engage citizens from all walks of life in civil conversation that leads to potential choices and solutions.
The Public Voice Partnership is the result of Georgia College's participation with the Kettering Foundation research initiative, Organizing Centers for Public Life. Twelve institutions affiliated with American universities, community colleges, and nonprofit public life centers are engaged in this research.
Civic Agency Initiative
Georgia College is one of twenty-one ADP universities participating in a national ADP Civic Agency Initiative, a three-year research project dedicated to civic learning and public scholarship. Thanks to the support and assistance from the Tufts University Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, the GC Civic Agency Initiative is creating a list of professors and courses that incorporate student civic learning outcomes through an Active Citizenship effort.
In addition to curricular initiatives, Civic Agency is engaged with citizens in the wider community through Deliberative Dialogue and the National Issues Forums. National Issues Forums (NIF) is a nonpartisan, nationwide network of locally sponsored forums for the consideration of public policy issues. They are rooted in the simple notion that people need to come together to reason and talk – to deliberate about common problems.
Global Citizenship Symposium
The ADP works with the GC International Education Center, academic departments and a variety of GC offices to plan an annual symposium dedicated to exploring aspects of global citizenship. The 2013 Global Citizenship Symposium will address education.
Times Talk is a weekly conversation among students, faculty, and staff around current events. Times Talk takes place every Wednesday from 12 - 12:50 pm in a new location, the Center for Engaged Learning, 202 Clark Street across from Russell Auditorium (corner of N. Clark and W. Macintosh streets). To learn more about how to develop a Times Talk program, please consult the Times Talk Tool Kit.
Public Achievement is a youth civic engagement initiative focused on the most basic concepts of citizenship, democracy and public work. Public Achievement draws on the talents and desires of ordinary people to build a better world and to create a different kind of politics. Georgia College students serve as PA coaches through curricular and co-curricular endeavors. Public Achievement (PA) is associated with the GC Civic Agency Initiative.
ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state's designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, residential learning communities, study abroad and myriad internships