November 8, 2021

Ohio State selected to participate in new AAC&U civic outcomes project

The Ohio State University was recently selected as one of 18 colleges and universities to participate in a new civic outcomes project from the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

The project, called Advancing Evidence on Civic and Community-Based Engagement in Higher Education, is designed to develop national baselines for student performance on civic outcomes and is supported by a grant from Lumina Foundation.

During the fall 2021 semester, representatives from Ohio State and the 17 other institutions will participate in professional development activities related to implementing equity-focused global learning, civic and community-based experiences; designing intentional assignments linked to civic outcomes; and working with rubrics for direct assessment of students’ civic capabilities.

In spring 2022, Ohio State and the other institutions will submit at least 100 student work products to AAC&U’s Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) Institute. The student work will be scored by certified VALUE scorers, and the resulting baseline data will be disaggregated to identify any equity gaps in civic skill development. The project will culminate in the release of a summary report that will include recommendations for how individual campuses—and higher education as a whole—can best support civic skill-building for all students.

At Ohio State, partners involved in the project include the Office of Student Academic Success (including Academic Enrichment, the Student Success Research Lab and Undergraduate Education), the Office of Distance Education and eLearning and the Office of International Affairs. The project aligns with the emphasis on “Citizenship for a Diverse and Just World” within Ohio State’s new General Education curriculum and will provide valuable insights into processes for collecting and evaluating civic outcomes.

The other institutions participating in the Advancing Evidence on Civic and Community-Based Engagement in Higher Education project include a mix of public and private and two- and four-year institutions. The other participants are Amarillo College, California State University–Northridge, Central Connecticut State University, College of the Canyons, Concordia College, New Jersey City University, Portland State University, Queens University of Charlotte, Saint Mary’s College of California, Salisbury University, Salt Lake Community College, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, University of Miami, University of Redlands, University of Utah, Weber State University and Wingate University.