Civic and Economic Health
We now have at our fingertips both state and national publications that are clearly showing a broad array of societal benefits associated with being engaged. Higher education has a responsibility to support a culture of meaningful engagement and prepare students for career success while also deepening their knowledge and sharpening their skills as engaged citizens.
As outlined in Campus Compact’s new publication by our Student Advisory Council entitled, “Civic Learning Developmental Pathway“:
- Civic engagement can encourage people to feel attached to their communities
- Growth in the economy can be predicted by the proportion of people who feel attached to their communities
- Participation in civil society is strongly correlated with trust in other people as trust is synonymous with characteristics of prolonged, shared experiences. Trust between a community and the businesses in it can only help the area to thrive and grow in a mutually beneficial way
- A majority of employers now expect employees to enter the workforce with the ability to judge situations and make decisions within a global context
Other key publications about Connecticut’s civic health, civic health and stronger employment, and corporate ranking systems for civic and social responsibility strongly point to connectedness, trust, and local investment in creating a resilient, enduring society and economy.