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This is a photo of one of the buildings at Vulcan Village.This is a photo of one of the buildings at Vulcan Village.

Goal Eight

To foster civic engagement, that is, a commitment to accept and perform the duties and obligations of belonging to a community, a Commonwealth, a Nation, and the World.


Objective 8.1:

Develop and implement a broad, campus-wide program to develop a culture of student philanthropy and contribution.

  • Method: Develop and institute broad-based programming designed to establish a culture of student philanthropy and to foster a lifelong relationship between students and their alma mater.

Success criteria: Beginning with new-student orientation for Fall ‘09, incoming classes will participate in student philanthropy/lifelong relationship programming annually through 2012.

Objective 8.2:

Provide educational and enrichment opportunities for students that create political awareness and promote responsible citizenship.

  • Method: Provide opportunities for students to participate actively in the political process by institutionalizing and expanding American Democracy Project programming, such as the Deliberative Polling Initiative, Issue Expos and Candidate Forums.

Success criteria: The American Democracy Project will have an advisory board by Spring 2009 and a budget line by Fall 2010; Constitution Day and Issue Expos will be annual events; Campaign Watch, Issue Expos, Candidate Forums and Election Analysis Forums will be held in off-year (mid-term) and on-year (presidential) elections.

  • Method: Expand on the University’s already strong mission of building character by encouraging student involvement in University and community life and, more specifically, by encouraging students to give of their time, their talent and—when able—their treasure, by volunteering or by contributing generously to the University, the community and other worthwhile initiatives and organizations.

Success criteria: Good citizenship is demonstrated by respect for school, community, and self; therefore, active steps will be taken to document volunteerism and community work by use of the Activities Transcript.

  • Method: Establish an Office for Community Service that will promote responsible citizenship by students in University and community activities that encourage contributions of their time, talent and treasure to the University, the community and the world.

Success criteria: Beginning in Fall 2009, the Office for Community Service will monitor the number of community service projects performed by students with a goal of increasing that number by at 5% annually through 2012. Promotional materials and a website, listing service opportunities, will be developed and implemented by Fall 2010.

  • Method: Institute a University-wide day of service for incoming freshmen.

Success criteria: Beginning in Fall 2010, and every year thereafter, all incoming freshmen will participate in a day of community service.

  • Method: Encourage students to secure government-related and nonprofit internships.

Success criteria: The number of students in government-related and nonprofit internships will increase by 10% each year through 2012.

Objective 8.3:

Identify and implement strategies: a) that educate students to better understand their role as global citizens; b) that help them live and work in an increasingly interconnected world; and c) that foster effective leadership skills needed in the University, the community and the world.

  • Method: Provide speakers on global issues such as energy, the environment, health, trade, conservation, current events and social responsibility.

Success criteria: Students will be surveyed annually to verify that global citizenship is a concept being conveyed by campus speakers; survey results will be utilized to continuously improve speaker and topic selection through 2012.

Objective 8.4:

Expand the services of the Character Education Institute to schools and teachers in the region/state. Method: Offer a Character Education conference for teachers, guidance counselors, administrators and other educators once a year.

  • Method: Make the Character Education Institute resource materials available for use through the University library.

Success criteria: Participant evaluations of the conference will be conducted and the results will be utilized to continuously improve future conferences; the Character Education resource materials collection will be updated annually.

Objective 8.5:

Encourage students to take leadership roles by participating in Student Government, the University Forum and the Student Association, Inc. (SAI).

  • Method: Create and implement a special session at new-student orientation that encourages students to seek leadership opportunities in these organizations.

Success Criteria: Each year through 2012, at least five students who have not previously held office will accept leadership roles for the first time.

  • Method: Develop and implement a mentoring/shadowing program for potential student leaders through the Office of Student Affairs.

Success criteria: Develop new-student orientation and mentoring/shadowing programs beginning in 2009 with a goal of increasing program participation by 10% each year through 2012.

Objective 8.6:

Foster social responsibility by increasing student participation in programs intended to develop effective leadership skills.

  • Method: Actively promote and support leadership programs and activities for students, including Emerging Leaders, Society for Leadership and Success, 7 Habits training, and New Leadership PA.
  • Method: Identify a coordinator to work with club/organization leaders to foster effective leadership skills (i.e. club sports, residence hall councils, band/choir, etc).

Success criteria: Current participation in all leadership programs will be measured beginning in Fall 2009, with a goal of increasing overall student participation by at least 5% each year through 2012.

  • Method: Continue to offer a minor in Leadership Studies.

Success criteria: The number of students completing the minor in Leadership Studies will increase by at least 5% annually through 2012.