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Politics, religion and the Ice Bucket Challenge: Why we engage

As we’ve discussed previously, measuring civic engagement is difficult. It’s safe to say, however, that many people are civically engaged in some way: according to the Corporation for National and Community Service, over a quarter of Americans volunteer their time, and over half of Americans donate money to civic causes. These numbers reflect volunteerism and philanthropy, and […]

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A snapshot of public education in NC

North Carolina’s quality of public education is declining at an alarming rate. While public education spending is being cut nationwide, teacher pay is being cut most rapidly in North Carolina. NC lowered teacher salaries nearly 16 percent from 2002 to 2012, while other states had a median decline of one percent. This means that currently, […]

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Civic engagement evaluation: An important and difficult task

Spencer Foundation president Michael McPherson has been an outspoken proponent of qualitative, rather than quantitative, civic engagement assessment. In an article for Campus Compact, he notes: “It is natural for those scholars and practitioners who are interested in the effectiveness of civic engagement programs in colleges to think about results in quantitative, “head count” terms. […]

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How we engage at Duke

We hope that Duke’s Civic Engagement website can be a resource for everyone in the Duke community – students, faculty, staff, and alumni – as well as for prospective students and others from outside Duke who want to learn more about how Duke engages. We have broken Duke’s engagement into five “actions”: serve, innovate, advocate, […]

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Duke-Durham Writes Studio

  Studio participants shared “artifacts” that shaped their identities as readers and writers. The Duke-Durham Writes Studio, funded by the Office of Civic Engagement for the 2013-2014 school year, is notable not only for its initial success in using Duke student, staff, and faculty research to contribute to community educational outcomes, but also for its commitment to […]

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