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Civic Domain

Exit Learner Outcomes

A civic-minded individual is a person who:


  • Demonstrates an understanding of civic roles and responsibilities.
  • Models the core values of the community.
  • Actively participates in civic and community service.
  • Effectively applies leadership and group process skills.
  • Advocates for the equal treatment of individuals and embraces diversity.
  • Understands and can articulate governmental responsibilities and structures at the community, state, federal, and world level.
  • Identifies, analyzes, and articulates positions on important issues and shares his/her position on how they might be treated.
  • Identifies global environmental issues and acts locally to create responsible, sustainable solutions.
  • Actively seeks to understand and resolve multi-cultural issues.
  • Articulates and defends the democratic form of government.
  • Is knowledgeable about the history of the United States and can articulate how our past has brought us to where we are today.
  • Adheres to the laws and works constructively for their change when necessary.
  • Takes an active role in the identification of community goals, and works toward their accomplishment.

Future Conditions


  • Political decision-making will requireĀ  future-focused, informed citizens who are able to balance today’s needs.
  • Ethics will be critical to governmental leaders if they are to gain the trust of the people.
  • Technology will enable individuals to accomplish more, both personally and professionally, allowing more time to partake in civic responsibilities.
  • Technology will continue to be an important component of civic responsibility, providing immediate information access, more resources, and seamless transactions.
  • Civic responsibilities should be viewed as both an opportunity and obligation.
  • Citizens of all ages will be required to meet the civic needs of their community if the community is to be healthy and vibrant.
  • Today’s technology creates a stronger focus on global issues, detracting from the focus on local activities.
  • The diversification of our population will create both strengths and conflicts.
  • Globalization has created a need to communicated with and work with diverse races, religions and cultures.
  • The US is a world of power and must continually redefine its responsibilities.
  • The fear of terrorism is being used to gain political power.
  • Citizens demand to increased services, and budgets are limited.
  • Technology allows for participation in governmental decisions from home.
  • All citizens need to be empowered to produce civic success.
  • Our society must continue to balance personal liberties and the need for security.