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.

Benefits

  • 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

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Engaging Elmhurst College students in reflection has made a big impact on learning through service. Participants have the opportunity to critically reflect on their work and to explore the question ‘why serve.’ Whether in a student organization meeting or during alternative break, reflective discussions have deepened the student experience and provided opportunities for student leadership in a very empowering way.

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--Laura Wilmarth Tyna

Director of Leadership, Service and Engagement at Elmhurst College

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I think that knowing there are people out there in the community that care about education like I do was most worthwhile & learning how many people are really different but are happy trying to make change.

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--Teaching, Learning, and Power Community Discussion Participant

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This program will give our students the opportunity to develop the important skill of facilitation, especially as it relates to dialogue about civic issues that impact our surrounding communities and campus. Also, this program allows our students to be a part of a learning community of peers from such diverse institutions, which [will] broaden their network and perspectives.

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--Amy Chan

Director of University Community Service Center, University of Chicago

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