Civic Engagement Course Indicator
The Civic Engagement Course Indicator
Faculty members have the option of identifying their classes as “Civic Engagement” courses in UM-Flint course schedules. The Civic Engagement course indicator:
- Demonstrates how UM-Flint academically prepares students with real-world experience for their professional careers and lives as engaged citizens using evidence-based, high impact practices
- Helps students search SIS for courses that provide significant learning experiences in and with the community
- Enables departmental and institution-wide tracking and reporting about civically engaged courses, including helping departments with annual reporting and promoting successes of classes)
- Identifies courses that are eligible for the UM-Flint Civic Engagement Course Support Program, giving faculty access to support for pieces for which they may not have time, such as partnership building and handling logistical details of civic engagement activities in course. For more details, please see: Civic Engagement Course Support Program and Civic Engagement Course Implementation Grants
Faculty must sign up for the Civic Engagement Course Indicator every semester they are offering a course identified as a Civic Engagement course.
Based on existing practices at UM-Flint, courses are eligible for the “CE” indicator if they have at least one of the three following components in the course syllabus:
The course contains an assignment that requires all students to work on a project for a real-world client or community partner (i.e. service-learning). Such assignments are connected to specific learning outcomes, provide a structured way for students to analyze and connect the project experience to learning, and address community needs.
The course contains at least two of the following types of experiential learning activities, involving the entire class, that are connected to specific learning outcomes:
An assignment requiring students to gather evidence from or make observations in the local, regional, or broader community
An assignment requiring students to make presentations to/for a community group, K-12, business, non-profit, government, association or other external audience
An assignment requiring students to participate in meetings or events in the community
An assignment requiring students to interview people in the community
A field trip to illustrate or give students first-hand experience with course concepts
At least two speakers or panels of experts from the community (note: University Outreach staff and other University employees do not count)
3. The course is a clinical, practicum, or for-credit internship that reciprocally benefits students in the class and the community.
Verify the Class is Marked 'CE' in the Course Schedule
To verify that the Civic Engagement setting for your course section is consistent with how you will teach that course, search SIS for your course section(s) to see whether or not “Civic Engagement” is listed as an attribute. (Please note that the “Civic Engagement” course indicator is not a General Education attribute. The Office of the Registrar identified the attribute field as the best place in SIS to list the CE indicator.)
If “Civic Engagement” appears as an attribute, the course section must meet the minimum eligibility criteria. If desired by the instructor, University Outreach is pleased to provide staff support for making the civic engagement activities in your course a success through the Civic Engagement Course Support Program.
For a list of all courses with the Civic Engagement indicator, use the Advanced Search option. In the Advanced Search screen, simply highlight the Subject(s) of interest (hold the Shift key on your keyboard to select all subjects) and choose “Civic Engagement” as an Attribute Type before clicking the Section Search button.
For More Information
If you have any questions, please contact Mona Munroe-Younis at (810) 424-5481.