National Community College Project Stimulates Moral, Ethical and Civic Engagement

MESA, Ariz. – The Community College National Center for Community Engagement (CCNCCE), housed at Mesa Community College, received a $270,000 award from the Teagle Foundation to support the development of a three-year project to coordinate service-learning projects at seven of America’s civically engaged community colleges.

CCNCCE along with Kapi'olani Community College will lead and administer Student Learning for Civic Capacity: Stimulating Moral, Ethical, and Civic Engagement for Learning that Lasts, a project designed to improve and promote model courses and curricular programming that foster personal, civic and moral responsibility.

The community colleges involved in the project are: Mesa in Arizona, De Anza in California, Kapi’olani in Hawai’i, Delgado in Louisiana, and Raritan Valley in New Jersey, and Kingsborough and Queensborough in New York.

“Participating colleges will develop strategies to execute and assess the program while creating communities of faculty, staff, students, and administrators to engage in campus, statewide, and national dialogues on curricular and pedagogical reform promoting civic and moral responsibility,” said CCNCCE’s Executive Director and Co-Principal Investigator, Lyvier Conss.

“We are committed to educating our students about the importance of building diverse, equitable, healthy and sustainable communities,” said Dr. Shouan Pan, President, Mesa Community College. “Recognized as a leader in community and civic engagement, Mesa Community College (MCC) is honored and excited to have this opportunity to expand civic learning and strengthen our linkages with our communities.”

“Over the next three years MCC faculty will prepare students to become engaged citizens and scholars. We will participate in local and national dialogues and further integrate responsibility into existing courses,“ said Duane Oakes, Faculty Director, Mesa Community College Center for Community & Civic Engagement.

Conss alongside four Kapi'olani faculty will lead the project:  Dr. Robert Franco will serve as co-principal investigator, Dr. Tanya Renner as project evaluator, Dr. Krista Hiser as project technology lead, and Assistant Professor Francisco Acoba will lead project learning assessment efforts.

This project, one of six in the Teagle Foundation’s A Larger Vision for Student Learning, Education for Civic and Moral Responsibility, will focus on seven specific areas to better equip students to address some of the ‘great questions’ of meaning, value and personal and social responsibility.

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About the Teagle Foundation
The Teagle Foundation was established in 1944 by Walter C. Teagle (1878 - 1962), longtime President and later Chairman of the Board of Standard Oil Company (New Jersey), now Exxon Mobil Corporation. The Foundation intends to be an influential national voice and a catalyst for change in higher education to improve undergraduate student learning in the arts and sciences. Please visit to read detailed descriptions of these projects as well as for more information on the Foundation and all its programs. Learn more at

About Community College National Center for Community Engagement
Community College National Center for Community Engagement (CCNCCE) is a leader in advancing programs and innovations that stimulate active participation of institutions of education in service learning and community engagement for the attainment of a vital citizenry. CCNCCE supports and promotes the pedagogy of service-learning, a teaching method which combines academic instruction with community service as it focuses on increasing college access and completion, academic achievement and engagement, critical and reflective thinking and civic responsibility. Visit CCNCCE’s website for additional information.

About Mesa Community College
Mesa Community College provides outstanding transfer and career and technical programs, workforce development, and life-long learning opportunities to residents of the East Valley area of Phoenix, Arizona. MCC excels in teaching, learning and empowering its more than 40,000 students who attend annually to succeed in a local and global community. Mesa Community College is one of ten colleges that comprise the Maricopa County Community College District. Additional information about MCC and its Center for Community & Civic Engagement is available online.

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014