The Center For Civic Engagement was designed to make USF St. Petersburg distinctive in its commitment to civic and community engagement through the development of the citizen scholar model.
The Center has spearheaded a number of initiatives. During its inaugural year (2006-07 academic year) the Center organized a faculty development workshop series, sponsored a faculty course development grant program (funded by a Campus Compact grant), co-hosted a Civic Engagement Fair (with the Office of Volunteer Services) to assist faculty in providing service learning opportunities for their students, created a Community Partner and Service Learning Placement Directory, compiled a CCE Library of more than 200 books and articles for faculty, co-sponsored a number of service events with the CCE Student Advisory Board (e.g., spring break beach clean up, clothing drive), and hosted a number of events and programs (such as Constitution Day with Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, R. Fred Lewis, and a campus-wide voter registration drive).
Each semester, the center engages in a thorough review of course syllabi for each course offered at USF St. Petersburg in order to focus on the courses that offer a civic engagement component. Once we have collected the data, we collaborate with the professors so we may administer anonymous surveys based on course content to present to the students at the completion of the course. We like to get feedback from students through surveys to analyze results, and it also significantly helps our renewal for Carnegie designation as a Community Engaged University. Additionally, we are currently working on a system for professors to use in their program reviews, annual reviews, and may also be helpful for ALC data, which covers a diversity component related to the courses.