Higher Education

​Colleges and universities are strengthening their efforts to help students become engaged, effective citizens. From community colleges to four-year universities, civic reflection has proved to be a powerful tool for achieving civic goals on the college campus and building the capacity of faculty, students, and staff. Civic reflection can be utilized across a wide range of areas in higher education, including academic service learning, community engagement, student development, and faculty and staff professional development.


  • Increased capacity for dialogue across difference at colleges and universities
  • Improved relationships between and among faculty, students, staff, and community members
  • Deepened student and staff commitment to service and civic engagement, both on-campus and off

View impact case studies that detail CCR's work with colleges, universities, and other higher education groups.

What People Are Saying


Taking time to slow down and reflect is as important as spending time and energy in action to transform the institution. The work of transformation is not only “out there”; it is about transforming what is “in here,” our own internal views and assumptions.


--Laura I. Rendon

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Iowa State University


Because university educators seek intellectually rigorous ways of working with their students, the text-based process of the Center for Civic Reflection was an excellent approach. It helped us at Butler understand the value of facilitation in working with students, one that is related to teaching, yet very different.


--Judith Cebula

Director, Butler University Center for Faith and Vocation


Interpreting the poem AND reviewing the statistics were such eye-openers. They were both relevant to the topic. The discussions caused many of us to think differently about the effects of inequality in education.


--"Service in an Age of Inequality" Discussion Participant