Fielding President addresses WSCUC conference
Fielding President Katrina Rogers at ARC
Fielding President Katrina Rogers gave a presentation Friday at the Academic Resource Conference (ARC), hosted by California’s regional accreditor, WSCUC.
Dr. Rogers’ talk, “Reclaiming the Civic Purpose of Higher Education,” was co-presented by Eduardo Ochoa, president of Cal State University Monterey Bay.
A recent report by the Association of Governing Boards, “Renewing the Democratic Purposes of Higher Education,” concluded that “Today’s crises in democracy and higher education are real, and those who are in leadership must face them with imagination and resolve.” Evidence shows that attending college is related positively to a lifetime of civic engagement; therefore, higher education is uniquely positioned to strengthen democracy.
President Rogers presented the conclusions of her forthcoming book, Democracy, Civic Engagement, & Citizenship in Higher Education: Reclaiming Our Civic Purpose, which will be published in May by Lexington Books. In this edited collection, presidents draw from their diverse experience across higher education to focus on the practices that create tomorrow’s active citizens. Their conclusions highlight five actions organizations can take to further their leadership in democratic ideals: