Highland Community College Uses Civic Reflection for In-Service Program
Highland Community College is a community college located in Northwest Illinois.
Civic reflection can help us form a framework to enable our institutions to comprehend -- discuss -- and thoughtfully deal with the ethical questions and challenges we all face each day."
President, Highland Community College
Many of the faculty who participated said that the [training] was one of the best in-service programs that we have had at the college in many years. Several of our humanities departments have started some of their meetings with a brief civic reflection discussion. This seems to end up making their meetings more productive."
Vice President for Academic Services, Highland Community College
120 faculty and staff at Highland Community College
- Strengthen connections and relationships among faculty and staff
- Offer professional development and hands-on facilitation training that can be used both inside and outside of the classroom
- Give faculty and staff the opportunity to think and talk with people on campus with whom they would not normally interact
- Refresh and re-energize faculty and staff as they approach the upcoming school year
Highland Community College in Freeport, Illinois integrated a plenery presentation about civic reflection and a mini facilitation training into its in-service program for 120 faculty and staff. The program focused on how people build walls -- and connect across them -- at the college. Twelve faculty and staff members, including professional and support staff, librarians, and faculty from the sciences and humanities, were led in a 3-hour mini facilitation training by CCR founder, Elizabeth Lynn. The following day, Lynn and CCR Associate Director, Kelli Covey, led a plenary presentation introducing civic reflection and how it fits into the needs of community colleges. After the presentation, the 12 newly-trained facilitators engaged others at the college in reflective discussions using readings by Franz Kafka, Robert Frost, and Yusef Komunyakaa.
- 100% of participants said civic reflection helped them to reconnect with colleagues.
- 79% of participants said civic reflection sparked ideas for new activities in their work.
- 90% of participants said civic reflection refreshed and energized them for the year ahead.
- Two months later, 4 Highland College faculty members attended an additional CCR training, where they discussed strategies for incorporating civic reflection into the regular work of Highland faculty, staff, and administrators.