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Civic Engagement

What is civic engagement?

Civic Engagement is education for students on being and becoming active citizens in their communities. Civic Engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.

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Why is civic engagement important?

Community-based and Civic Engagement in Higher Education have come to see positive outcomes across six key areas for students:

  • increased personal and social responsibility
  • development of positive mindsets and dispositions
  • improved graduation and retention rates
  • learning gains
  • improved intellectual and practical skills
  • increased career-related skills


Learn more about the effects of Community Based Engagement