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Call for Submissions – Case Studies of Civic Engagement in the First Year of College

The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition and The New York Times invite the submission of case studies forCivic Engagement in the First Year of College, a new volume in The First-Year Experience Monograph Series. This publication will describe programs and courses that develop students’ civic literacy and engagement and will offer strategies for designing, implementing, and assessing such initiatives.

Here’s what the Call for Submissions had to say:

The monograph will present successful program models that apply civic literacy and engagement to effective citizenship in a democracy. We are interested in exploring how civic engagement can create transforming educational experiences; connect deliberately and meaningfully to students’ prior civic experience and/or current involvement; improve students’ first-year success in the formal curriculum and as members of the college community; and contribute to retention. We are interested in process: how programs started, what structures they developed, obstacles overcome, support and collaborations, key players, how civic engagement is sustained beyond specific programs and beyond the first year of college.

We also seek to describe how civic engagement programs use national, regional, and campus newspapers as primary resources for educating informed and engaged students. Such programs recognize the role of newspapers in a democracy as critical to the development of informed awareness about contemporary issues. They use newspapers and information media to represent multiple perspectives and disciplines.

Successful civic engagement initiatives encompass four strands: (a) civic literacy, knowledge of principles of democracy ; (b) democratic/citizenship skills and political involvement; (c) experiential learning; and (d) critical thinking and reflection. Programs that have the U.S. Constitution and history as part of their curriculum should describe this. No single program will address all the areas above, and some programs will surely expand upon these areas of interest. We encourage you to submit a case study for consideration. You may submit cases for each of the chapter topics, or submit a case that focuses on a single aspect of a program.

Case studies will be included in the monograph’s chapters on

* Curriculum (Institutional and Program Mission, Academic Goals and Objectives, General Education, First-Year Experience, Introductions to the Majors, Interdisciplinary Courses);

* Co-Curriculum (Mission, Orientation, Service, Residence Life, Student Life and Organizations, Student Government);

* Campus Culture (Mission, Speakers, Resources, Pronouncements, Rituals/Symbols);

* Program Development and Implementation (The “How To” for effective integration of civic engagement into the first year of college — Leadership, Policies, Procedures, Practices, Organization, Administrative And Support Structures, Faculty and Staff Development, Reappointment/Promotion/Tenure).

Guidelines for Submissions — Only complete submissions, adhering to the guidelines, will be considered for inclusion in the monograph.

I. Contributor’s name and contact information
(you may list more than one contributor)
a) Your name
b) Your professional title
c) Your mailing address (include city, state, and zip)
d) Your phone number, fax number, and e-mail address

If more than one person is listed as a contributor, please indicate for the editor which person will serve as the main contact for your submission.

II. Institutional Description
a) Full name of institution and city/state where it is located
b) Institution type (two-year/four-year)
c) Institution control (public/private/proprietary)
d) Commuter or residential campus
e) Number of FTE undergraduate students and number of first-year students
f) Number of residential and commuter students, including a break-out for first-year students

III. Describe your program/initiative (not to exceed 750 words)
a) Title of program(s) and/or course(s)
b) Length of time offered at your institution
c) Major goals/objectives of the program(s)
d) Offices, units, and/or personnel involved
e) Which students are served by the program(s) (exclusively first-year students; all or some first-year students and others; principally residential
students; etc.)? Please be sure to clearly define “first-year student” or other labels as they apply to your initiative.
f) Program specifics (e.g., what are the program elements? How do these elements address the four strands of civic engagement and other themes as
described above? What other achievements and features distinguish your program?)

IV. Assessment Methods/Results (not to exceed 400 words) — We encourage submissions of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method assessments. In this section, please include a concise description of the:
a) Assessment objective(s) / question(s)
b) Assessment design (e.g., sample selection, data collection method(s), type(s) of analysis)
c) Impact on civic engagement on other outcomes (e.g., retention, student learning, academic skills, use of services, student/faculty interaction,
curricular innovations, social integration, GPA, satisfaction with institution, leadership)
d) If research is quantitative, statistical data with significant findings
e) Tables, charts, and references if appropriate (do not apply to maximum word count)

VI. Supplemental Materials
Each case will be accompanied by a web link to the websites of the National Resource Center and The New York Times. The cases can also have links to syllabi, assignments, samples of student work, or other program artifacts.

VII. Submission Process

Please send your completed electronic submission to editor Martha LaBare at martha_labare@bloomfield.edu by November 15, 2006. The submission must be a Word document, double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins. Submissions that exceed word-count limits will not be accepted. The editor and publishers reserve the right to edit all submissions to maintain consistency throughout the publication. Contributors will have the opportunity to read and approve final copy before printing and will be appropriately credited within the publication. Each contributing institution will receive a complimentary copy of Civic Engagement in the First Year of College upon publication. We appreciate your interest in sharing your program information with the higher education community. If you have questions, please contact monograph editor Martha LaBare at martha_labare@bloomfield.edu or 973 748 9000 x 326.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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