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Survey: Designing the Major for Civic and Social Responsibility

Posted on May 22, 2017

Designing the Major for Civic and Social Responsibility: Feature Your Institution in a New AAC&U Project

Through a grant from the Endeavor Foundation, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is launching a project to describe how different departments and disciplines incorporate learning for civic and social responsibility into the requirements and pedagogy of a student’s major or specialized program. Does your college or university have examples of a department that could be featured in a case study or as web resources? If so, please fill out this questionnaire.

This new project responds to a recommendation from A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future to explore ways to embed education for responsible, informed citizenship into every major, not just selective majors. Civic Prompts: Making Civic Learning Routine across the Disciplines offers some initial suggestions for how to begin this analysis.

We hope you will submit some of your campus’ exemplary departmental designs that aim to empower graduates for civic and social responsibility. For more information, please visit the project website or email project director Caryn McTighe Musil ( or project associate Carol-lynn Swol (

Please submit your institution’s resources by June 30, 2017.

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