DemocracyU is proud to be part of The American Commonwealth PartnershipPosted: December 7, 2011
About The American Commonwealth Partnership
The American Commonwealth Partnership (ACP) is a new partnership which aims to bring together thousands of colleges and universities, community colleges, schools and civic partners to promote civic education, civic mission, and civic identity throughout education in the United States. It is part of a coordinated effort with the White House Office of Public Engagement, the Department of Education, and the Association of American Colleges and Universities, to begin a year of activity called, “For Democracy’s Future – Reclaiming Education’s Civic Mission.”
ACP will kick off at the White House on January 10th on the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, signed by President Lincoln in 1862. The Morrill Act created colleges known for their commitment to democracy.
As part of the initiative, the Department of Education is preparing a policy initiative to strengthen civic learning and democratic engagement in higher education and education broadly.
For the project the ACP has created DemocracyU to highlight the interest by university and college students to engage in civic work. It includes students’ stories of off-campus engagement in practical public work that benefits communities and society as a whole. It will also include discussions on the future of democracy in America and as the site grows, a variety of tools, resources and conversations about constructive educational change.