Rollins Earns Civic Learning Distinction

A national student engagement group has once again named Rollins College a lead advisory institution in civic learning and democratic engagement.

Eagerly awaiting results on election night 2016 at Dave’s Boathouse, these Rollins students were proud to be part of the political process. (Photo by Scott Cook) Eagerly awaiting results on election night 2016 at Dave’s Boathouse, these Rollins students were proud to be part of the political process. (Photo by Scott Cook)

The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the country’s leading student affairs organization, has named Rollins College one of only 96 members of the National Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement, which recognizes and supports a network of colleges and universities committed to making civic learning and democratic engagement part of every student’s college education. 

Rollins has been been recognized by NASPA since the inception of the program and has now been named, for the second year in a row, one of 17 Lead Advisory Institutions. In this role, the College will be called upon to provide student affairs expertise, mentorship, and professional development and resources to other members of the National Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement.”

“Our campus community is deeply committed to the growth and development of democratic and civil engagement,” says Meredith Hein, director of the Center for Leadership & Community Engagement (CLCE). “Our faculty, staff, and students continue to put our mission into action to best develop global citizens and responsible leaders both inside and outside the classroom. Through the work of the Democracy Project, the CLCE, and many partners on and off campus, Rollins is leading the way on the national level by fostering a strong commitment to this work.

Rollins offers a wide range of programs that promote civic learning and democratic engagement, such as community engagement-designated courses, Immersion: Citizens Take Action, Bonner Leaders, the Leadership Ally Program, and SPARC Day of Service, during which all incoming first-year students spend a day volunteering at a variety of Central Florida organizations.

Selected institutions, representing public and private four-year and two-year colleges and universities, have committed to a set of strategies to work in partnership with on- and off-campus constituents to influence students’ ongoing commitment to civic learning and democratic engagement, including:

• building clear and tangible civic learning and democratic engagement activities into student affairs division strategic goals and learning outcomes
• collecting and reporting data on the efficacy of campus efforts using tools that measure gains in civic learning and democratic engagement
• creating strategies in collaboration with students that increase civic learning and help solve community problems through collective action

To learn more about NASPA’s Lead Initiative and see a complete listing of participating institutions, visit the NASPA website.