The Center for Engaged Democracy served from 2009 through 2016 as a central hub for developing, coordinating, and supporting academic programs – certificates, minors, and majors – around the country focused on civic and community engagement, broadly defined. The Center brought together faculty, administrators, and community partners to support such academic programs through a variety of initiatives and practices: compiling existing research and documentation to support new and developing programs; sponsoring symposia, conferences, and research opportunities to build a vibrant research base and academic community; and providing a voice and space for dialogue for the value of such academic programs across higher education. As of 2016, the Center serves primarily as a web-based archive for documents and resources meant to support academic programs focusing on community engagement. It also continues to maintain an active and up-to-date list of academic programs – certificates, minors, and majors – around the country focused on civic and community engagement. Please email Dr. Dan Sarofian-Butin at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information or to update the list of academic programs. Information about Dr. Sarofian-Butin's work regarding community engagement and the Center can be found at http://www.danbutin.net/.
The impetus for Dr. Sarofian-Butin’s research on academic programs can be found in these two articles:
Dan Butin. 2006. “The Limits of Service-Learning in Higher Education”, The Review of Higher Education, 29(4). Pp. 473-498.
Dan Butin. 2006. “Disciplining Service-Learning: Institutionalization and the Case for Community Studies”, International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 18(1). Pp. 57-64.
A synthesis and elaboration of this research can be found here:
Dan Butin. 2010. Service-Learning in Theory and Practice: The Future of Community Engagement in Higher Education. NY: Palgrave.
Dan Butin. 2010. “Can I Major in Service-Learning? An Empirical Analysis of Majors, Minors, and Certificates”, Journal of College and Character, 11(2). Pp. 1-19.
Dan Butin. 2010. “Service-Learning as an Intellectual Movement: The Need for an ‘Academic Home’ and Critique for the Community Engagement Movement.” In Problematizing Service-Learning: Critical Reflections for Development and Action, pp. 19-36. edited by Trae Stewart & Nicole Webster. Information Age Publishing.
Dan Butin. 2012. “Rethinking the ‘Apprenticeship of Liberty’: The Case for Academic Programs in Community Engagement in Higher Education” Journal of College & Character. Volume 13(1). Pp. 1-8.
Dan Butin. 2012. “When Engagement is Not Enough: Building the Next Generation of the Engaged Campus.” In D. Butin and S. Seider (editors) The Engaged Campus: Majors, Minors and Certificates as the New Community Engagement. Pp. 1-14. NY: Palgrave.
Academic Programs in Community Engagement
This is a working list combining research done by Dan Sarofian-Butin as well as through programs’ “self-declaration.” Individuals can provide updates, revisions, and/or suggestions for additional programs by contacting email@example.com with links and/or documents to confirm the status of such academic programs. Please click here for a PDF version; this list is also available at Wikipedia and Participedia.