Constitution Day was initially created in response to a federal mandate requiring all public educational institutions to hold an educational event about the U.S. Constitution near Constitution Day on September 17. Broadening its scope, the committee is interested in having events throughout the year to promote civic engagement and responsibility throughout the community. In addition, Civic Responsibility is a General Education Competency and Civic Engagement is going to be a criterion for evaluation by the Higher Learning Commission.
CRITERIA 1. MISSION
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.
(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.