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Students Who Can Lead a Cause: Civic Engagement at Western Community College

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This manuscript reports findings from a qualitative interpretive case study. The underlying single-site case study examined how informed faculty and staff at a community college nominated for its exemplary civic engagement initiatives explained the leadership culture associated with the success of these initiatives. Nine participants were interviewed after being nominated by two campus administrators. The college's public documents regarding civic engagement programming were also collected and analyzed. Analysis of the data led to the emergence of three themes, which, after further abstraction of the data, led to an overarching interpretation. This case study revealed how a campus wide commitment to encourage student engagement (in civic engagement activities and events, in service learning projects, and in student clubs and student leadership councils) expressed a shared commitment to develop "students who could lead a cause."
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2018

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