Forming Democratic Citizens for the 21st Century

Category 3: Demonstration Site Grant

"Purpose: To create an integrated, innovative and pedagogically sound learning experience for all first-year students enrolled in the Introduction to University Life (UNIV 101) course at CSU, Chico, that engages student well-being (by decreasing student involvement in high-risk drinking behaviors), and deepens commitment to, and direct participation in, democratic processes.

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How: 1) Implement the pilot Connections program, including service-learning projects and technologically-enhanced Town Hall meetings; 2) Assess all aspects of the pilot Connections program; 3) Develop two additional thematically-based integrated curricula for implementation in AY 08-09; 4) Refine assessment procedures for the integrated curriculum, including service-learning projects focused on enhanced civic engagement; 5) Expand Town Hall meetings to include all students enrolled in the integrated curriculum; 6) Assess all aspects of the activities supported by the BTtoP grant; 7) Disseminate results of this work in two to three appropriate conferences, as well as through publication.

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<a href="http://www.aacu.org/aacu_news/AACUNews10/May10/feature.cfm?utm_source=ne... News Profiles CSU Chico's Town Hall Program</a>

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<a href="http://www.aacu.org/bringing_theory/demonstration_sites/Chicovideoclip.w... Clip: CSU-Chico Student Participants Featured on NBC News</a>"