Here are reports related to civic engagement projects and initiatives at Illinois State University.
Illinois State University is officially a Voter Friendly Campus! This national designation came after over a year of work from the Voter Engagement Coalition and the entire campus community. In January 2020, the Voter Engagement Coalition created the University's Voter Engagement Plan as a step toward earning the designation, an initiative sponsored by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the Campus Vote Project's Fair Elections Center. The Coalition submitted an analysis of their plan and campus results in January 2021 and received the designation in March 2021. The initial plan and final report are listed below. See this news article for more information about the designation.
The following reports from the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) provide a comprehensive overview of the student voting rates at Illinois State University.
Illinois State University is a selected member of the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement initiative. For 2018–2019 school year, Illinois State served as a Lead Advisory Institution. CLDE institutions are expected to annually report on the civic activities happening on campus through the Division of Student Affairs.
The Center for Civic Engagement compiled reports of curricular and co-curricular engagement for the 2017-2018 academic year. Data used in the reports was collected from University faculty and staff during the late spring, summer, and early fall 2018. Other preexisting data sources were also used during compilation.
Interested in terminology? Browse the definitions of different engagement types used within these and other reports from the Center.
The Center for Civic Engagement conducted a survey of Bloomington-Normal nonprofit organizations in fall 2017 to better understand the relationships and experiences organizations have with Illinois State University as well as guide future work to grow and formalize the institution's service learning practices.
As an institutional member of Campus Compact, Illinois State University President Larry Dietz signed the 30th Anniversary Action Statement along with 450 other presidents and chancellors. This statement including the five commitments, was developed to reaffirm the public purpose of higher education. As such, Illinois State University committed to developing, in academic year 2016-17, a Civic Action Plan that aligned with the five commitments, tailored to our campus and community. The final version of the Civic Action Plan submitted to Campus Compact is presented below.
In his September 18, 2014, State of the University Address, President Larry Dietz called for the establishment of a Center for Civic Engagement to further strengthen Illinois State University’s commitment to the value and importance of civic engagement. A Task Force, comprised of representatives from Academic Affairs and Student Affairs was formed in January 2015. The following report is the executive summary produced by the task force, ultimately leading to the creation of the Center.