What is Civic Engagement?

Civic engagement continues to be discussed on college and university campuses nationwide.  It is referenced as a concept, a goal and a theme, but no matter how you interpret it, the outcomes that it intends- the production of responsible citizens exhibiting sound character and ethical leadership- is a worthwhile one.

The Coalition for Civic Engagement and leadership at the University of Maryland defines civic engagement as "acting upon a heightened sense of responsibility to one's communities.  This includes a wide range of activities, including developing civic sensitivity, participation in building civil society, and benefiting the common good."

Purchase College recognizes this definition as but one interpretation, but also believes that it best reoresents the educational philosophy we strive to promote as outlined in our strategic plan, our student learning outcomes and our mission statement.




Jacoby, B. & Associates.  Civic Engagement in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices.  San Francisco: Josey-Bass, 2009.