How Does ACE Help your Students?
Gaining an Academic Community Engagement (ACE) designation for your course(s) is both easy and beneficial. According to the National Survey for Students Engagement Annual Report (2002), "Community Engagement provides students with opportunities to synthesize, integrate and apply their knowledge. Such experience makes learning more meaningful and ultimately more useful because what students know becomes part of who they are." Other research has found that ACE enhances academic performance and has shown to have a significant positive effect on GPA, writing skills, critical thinking skills, and a commitment to community service, self–efficacy and leadership ability.
You may, in fact, already be using ACE curriculum in your courses, you just haven't realized it! As of spring 2014, over 220 courses received ACE designation.
How ACE Helps You: Faculty Benefits
- Evaluation: The University's Faculty Evaluation System (FES) policy was modified to include the incorporation of civic engagement, service-learning, community-based teaching strategies or internships.
- Teaching Awards: A new University award, The David Payne ACE Scholar Award, has been established to annually recognize an outstanding faculty member engaging in ACE courses. Only faculty teaching ACE courses are eligible for the $5,000 award.
- Research/Publishing Opportunities: There are also many avenues through which to publish research relating to the integration of community engagement and curriculum.