University Wins National Award in Civic Learning & Community Engagement

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Jessie Finch, assistant professor of Sociology, and students help to educate students about civics and how to register to vote during Stockton’s Fall Day of Service 2016.

Stockton University received the Civic Learning & Community Engagement Award, one of the American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU) Excellence and Innovation Awards. This was the inaugural year that AASCU awarded the recognition in Civic Learning & Community Engagement.

“Innovation at America’s state colleges and universities is focused on advancing the quality of the educational experience for their students and the distinction of their institutions in service to their communities,” said AASCU President Muriel A. Howard. “The programs for which these universities are being honored will inspire not only their AASCU colleagues but all of higher education.”

The winning entries required evidence of top-level administrative support; connection with an institution’s mission and strategic agenda; contribution to significant institutional improvements or programming; and grounding in research and best practices. Multiple awards were given in certain categories.

Stockton’s American Democracy Project “Gateway to Community Service” was selected by the Awards Committee as an exemplary one that can serve as a model for other institutions and help to advance practices in the field.

This award honors institutions that prioritize and advance student civic learning and community engagement at regional, state and national levels. Our application profiled a range of activities … under the umbrella of the American Democracy Project. This work would not be possible without the commitment and contributions of our faculty, staff and students who support engagement in so many ways. Special kudos to Daniel Fidalgo Tomé, director of Service Learning, Merydawilda Colón, executive director of Stockton Center for Community Engagement, and Michelle McDonald, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, for assembling and submitting the application.