The Center For Child And Family Policy

1555 WordsDec 7, 20157 Pages
Although critics such as Stanley Fish believe that institutes of higher education should not promote civic engagement, universities such as Duke University heavily push students to become more civically and politically engaged, even making certain courses have requirements to complete a service component. Numerous civic engagement programs exist at Duke that offer different services and opportunities for students to engage with the community. Duke University’s Center for Child and Family Policy offers a civic engagement program the School Research Partnership (SRP), which attempts to address issues of education inequity and achievement. To understand the vastness of civic engagement opportunities, I will compare SRP to Bass Connections at Duke University and the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University. Finally, I will discuss in-depth the educational issues that SRP deals with and connect SRP to the broader question of whether it is a civic or political engagement program. The Center for Child and Family Policy The Center for Child and Family Policy started in the 1990s when a group of Duke faculty members began discussing ways to “have a greater impact on society.” The professors represented fields in psychology, public policy, economics, sociology, and psychiatry, and after approaching the dean of the faculty of the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences William Chafe, the faculty learned of Chafe’s vision to utilize financial resources to create
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