Focus of the Scholar-Citizen Initiative
The focus of the Scholar-Citizen initiative is to promote a teaching and learning culture that fosters our sense of how we can live our lives in ways that best contribute to the world around us. Radford University Scholar-Citizenship is defined as active and scholarly participation in the complex and multicultural world by connecting and applying academic skills and disciplinary knowledge to the challenges facing our local, national, and global communities.
Goals of the Scholar-Citizen Initiative
Goal 1: Enhance Student Learning through Real-World Problem Solving. RU Scholar-Citizens will be able to effectively connect and apply academic skills and knowledge including that of their discipline in addressing real-world issues in our local, national, and global communities.
Scholar-Citizen Student Learning Outcomes
A Radford University Scholar-Citizen will be able to:
- Critically analyze different viewpoints of or theories about a contemporary issue using reliable sources.
- Make connections between one’s academic experiences/ knowledge and one’s own participation in civic life, politics, and government.
- Apply ethical reasoning to contemporary local, national, or global issues.
- Propose or evaluate solutions to problems in the context of contemporary local, national, or global issues.
Goal 2: Foster a Culture of Engaged Learning and Scholarship.
Scholar-Citizen Programmatic Outcomes
The Radford University Scholar-Citizen initiative will increase the number of students who engage in Scholar-Citizen intensive:
- Cultural immersion experiences (including but not limited to: alternative spring break, study abroad).
- Academic experiences incorporating pedagogies of engagement (including but not limited to: service-learning, community/undergraduate research, problem-based learning, cooperative learning, and internships).
- Co-curricular events and opportunities (including but not limited to: lecture series, roundtables, films, engagement events, non-credit bearing community service, and appropriate leadership activities).
Updated February 19, 2013