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Academic Review Committee

Becky Lubbers, Professor of Political Science

  • Political Science obviously meets the Civic Responsibility, but as for the others:
  • Quantitative Reasoning – we look at polling data, statistics on gun violence and evaluate and discuss, sometimes have to use it in assignments.
  • Informational Literacy – we evaluate news, meme, political statements for factual accuracy, discuss how to fact check
  • Communication – we have numerous written assignments, each student has to orally present a current event.

How to utilize civic questions to drive engagement in STEM webinar, September 12, 2018

SENCER - Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities - Eliza Jane Reilly


  • Ethics & STEM learning - decision making
  • Equity in education - helping students become more data literate
  • Science of sleep as a public health issue
  • Impact of nuclear waste dumped on Native American land
  • Equity in education
  • Fracking - Does science support the economic aspects?
  • Gentrification - Math, statistics, race, ethnicity
  • Basic stats course called Gentrification
  • Water quality
  • Underrepresentation of people of color in farming & agriculture
  • Infectious disease statistics - demographics, how does poverty affect spread?
  • How poverty affects the immune response of HIV

High impact teaching

  • Research project
  • Field experiences
  • Fictional & non fictional narratives - film, books, etc.
  • Outside experts & speakers
  • What assignments to measure learning?

Model Courses from SENSOR

National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE)




FunnyMonkey. Researching Political Ads -- A Process, and an Example

From FunnyMonkey: "In this post, I break down some steps that anyone can use to uncover how political ads or videos get created by looking at the organizations behind the ad."

Need help incorporating CR Gen. Ed. Competency outcomes into your course? The following people may help you.

  • Kraig Archer
  • Brent Forsgren
  • Becky Lubbers


Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Accreditation Criteria for Civic Engagement

Effective September 2020


Core Components

1.C. The Institution provides opportunities for civic engagement in a diverse, multicultural society and globally-connected world, as appropriate within its mission and for the constituencies it serves.

  1. The institution encourages curricular or cocurricular activities that prepare students for informed citizenship and workplace success.
  2. The institution’s processes and activities demonstrate inclusive and equitable treatment of diverse populations.
  3. The institution fosters a climate of respect among all students, faculty, staff, and administrators from a range of diverse backgrounds, ideas and perspectives.

(Definitions from the Glossary of Criteria Terminology that relate to 1.C.)

Civic Engagement = Community service or any number of other efforts (by individuals or groups) intended to address issues of public or community concern.

Cocurricular = Learning activities, programs and experiences that reinforce the institution’s mission and values and complement the formal curriculum. Examples: Study abroad, student-faculty research experiences, service learning, professional clubs or organizations, athletics, honor societies, career services, etc.