You Expect What? Students’ Perceptions as Resources in Acquiring Commitments and Capacities for Civic Engagement
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This mixed-method analysis presents a model of college students’ civic commitments and capacities for community action. Quantitative findings indicate that after controlling for background characteristics, campus contexts, and college experiences, students’ acquisitions of commitments to and skills for contributing to the larger community are largely influenced by the extent to which students perceive their campus as one that advocates for its students to be active and involved citizens. Qualitative findings convey the behaviors and types of speech that students view as legitimate public advocacy by peers, faculty, and administrators. Qualitative insights also reveal the ways in which students’ exposure to campus-based public advocacy influences their civic skills, and their understandings of social responsibility.
KeywordsCivic engagement Campus advocacy Student outcomes Social responsibility
The authors are grateful to the Association of American Colleges & Universities for providing access to the Core Commitments data.
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