Use these tools and resources to assess civic learning.
The pressure to demonstrate authentic evidence of learning is growing at the institutional level and within accrediting agencies. Many disciplines have clearly articulated how civic learning relates to their discipline (e.g., social responsibility, altruism) while others are developing this evidence and these messages.
Either way, CSL staff are prepared to help you clearly articulate what it means for a graduate to be a civic-minded professional within your discipline; what knowledge, skills, and attitudes are necessary; and most important, how to assess student development of these capacities.
We will design a process that will meet the needs of your faculty or a team of faculty. Whether you need assistance at the beginning stages where we ask challenging questions and facilitate a conversation with faculty/staff, or you need help using the information you have to inform program design, or anywhere in between, we can help.
Our goal is to help you better understand how your program challenges students to think about how their education influences societal issues and their role within the democratic process.
The Office of Institutional Research and Decision Support routinely administers surveys to students and faculty/staff and often collaborates with CSL to include items related to service learning and community engagement. The results (e.g., dashboards, publications) are useful in CSL planning, program improvement, and scholarship. These surveys include:
- Entering Student Survey
- Continuing Student Survey
- National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
- Alumni Survey
- Faculty and Staff Survey
- Jags Speak Survey
Additional instruments used to assess community engagement are available through other organizations:
- California State University’s Center for Community Engagement
- Campus Compact
- Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC)
- Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) h6
- Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
- Michigan State University’s National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement (NCSUE) h6
- Minnesota Campus Compact
- National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good
- National Service-Learning Clearinghouse